Thousands raised in memory of South Shields mother Melissa Liddle

Tragic ... Melissa Liddle who died on Sunday.
Tragic ... Melissa Liddle who died on Sunday.

SMILING in happier times, this picture of mum Melissa Liddle is being used to front a campaign which has already raised £3,000 to support her sons.

The 23–year–old, who was mum to Lewis, five, and baby Ollie, was found dead at her home in Oak Avenue in Cleadon Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

Everyone has been so upset and shocked by what’s happened, this was just a way of trying to help.

Nikki Keighley, fundraising organiser

Her partner Anthony Edward Ross, 24, stood before South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with her murder.

He was remanded and will appear before Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow.

Meanwhile loved ones have came together to launch an online fund for the boys and within 24 hours £3,267 has already been pledged.

Nikki Keighley, whose uncle is Miss Liddle’s stepfather, decided to launch the fund.

The 25–year–old from South Shields, said: “I just thought yesterday lunchtime that it would be a good idea to try and 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 in 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 mam has been touched by the generosity and support from people donating.

“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.”

To donate to the fund visit http://www.gofundme.com/p2qh18

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