A MOTHER and three young children left alone after their father’s death have a more secure financial future, thanks to generous Examiner readers.
The money will help 20-year-old Melanie Stevens in the tough times ahead.
The next fundraising event is in Huddersfield next week.
Melanie’s fiancé, devoted dad Mark Pemberthy, 22, suddenly collapsed and died at work, leaving Melanie, their two daughters and baby.
They are four-year-old Holly, Heather, aged two, and eight-month-old Mark, named after his dad.
Mark was a tyre fitter for Ravens-thorpe-based Link Tyre Sales.
He was changing a burst tyre on a lorry on the M62 on Thursday, April 26, when he died suddenly from a heart condition.
A trust fund set up for Mel and the children by Mark’s workmates has now reached £20,000.
Next Tuesday there will be an evening of clairvoyance at Quarmby Spiritualist Church in Harp Road, Paddock, with all proceeds from the night going to the fund.
The entrance fee is £6 on the door.
The event will feature well-known Colne Valley spiritualist Una Pearce and colleague Sandra Lee. It starts at 7.30pm
Sandra said: “It was so upsetting to read about the family.
“Both Una and I immediately decided to hold a fundraising event.”
Melanie and the children live at Thornhill Edge, near Dewsbury, but Melanie’s mum and family live inHeckmondwike.
She wants to move back there for the much-needed family support.
Rachael Smith, from Link Tyres, said: “Mel and the children are doing remarkably well in the circumstances and the generosity of people has certainly helped to ease some of the stress and burden.
“She has been very strong through all this.’’
Clubs, pubs, businesses and individuals wanting to help can contact Rachael Smith at Link Tyre Sales on 01924 497772. Alternatively people can email firstname.lastname@example.org