A COMMUNITY has rallied round to raise more than £3,000 for the sons of tragic South Tyneside mother Melissa Liddle.
The 23-year-old, who was mother to Lewis, five, and baby Ollie, aged seven months, was found dead at her home in Oak Avenue, Cleadon Park, South Shields, on Sunday – Mother’s Day.
Her partner, Anthony Edward Ross, 24, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with her murder.
He was remanded in custody and was due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court today.
Meanwhile, loved ones have came together to launch an online fund for the boys and, inside 24 hours, £3,267 has already been pledged.
Nikki Keighley, whose uncle is Miss Liddle’s stepfather, decided to launch the fund.
Everyone has been so upset and shocked by what’s happened, this was just a way of trying to help.Nikki Keighley, who organised the fundraising page
The 25-year-old from South Shields, said: “I just thought that it would be a good idea to try to raise funds for Melissa’s boys.
“Everyone has been so upset and shocked by what’s happened. This was just a way of trying to help.
“I can’t believe how many people have donated already. The community of South Shields is always so generous and comes together during difficult times.”
Nikki had originally set a target of £500, but is now just hoping to raise as much as possible.
She said: “I will keep the fund going for the next few weeks. I want to be able to raise as much as possible for the boys.
“I know Melissa’s mum has been touched by the generosity and support from people.
“I just want as many people as possible to share the fundraising page’s link on their Facebook and Twitter accounts to spread the word.”
Miss Liddle was a former student at South Tyneside College, where she studied floristry.
Her talents in the art allowed her to be fast-tracked through her course, last year, in time to have her second baby.
Alison Maynard – principal at South Tyneside Professional and Vocational College, said: “Melissa was a very talented florist and has been described as a star student by her tutor.
“She was determined to start her own business and was fast-tracked to complete her course early so that she could achieve the qualification before giving birth for a second time.
“Melissa was very passionate about floristry and worked very hard while with us.
“She had a natural flair for it and had great ambition to do well and to set up her own florist’s shop. It is incredibly sad that she will not achieve that.
To donate to the fund, visit http://www.gofundme.com/p2qh18