An online fundraiser in memory of the brother of stabbing victim Melissa Liddle is back up and running after going offline at the weekend.
Wendy Kassim says she was left devastated when she was told a Go Fund Me page she had set up in memory of Liam Bush was no longer working.
The response from the community has been overwhelming.Wendy Kassim
The 21-year-old died at the end of November, never having been able to come to terms with the death of his older sister.
Melissa was killed by her childhood sweetheart in the home they shared in Oak Avenue, South Shields in a Mother’s Day attack.
Liam was the one who found the 23-year-old, who had been stabbed 41 times by killer Andrew Ross, after he and stepdad David Keighley had broken into their home when Melissa failed to respond to calls from her mum Tracey.
In a bid to help the couple as they face paying for a second funeral within months of saying a final goodbye to Melissa, a Go Fund Me page was set up by neighbour Wendy to help with the cost.
The page went down over the weekend leaving many who wanted to donate unable to do so but the page is now back up and running.
Melissa had two children – Lewis, aged five at the time of the killing, and baby Ollie.
Supermarket giant Morrisons in South Shields has also stepped in to help by offering to take in donations for those wishing to donate a Christmas gift for the youngsters.
Wendy said: “The response from the community towards the family has been overwhelming.
“I am in constant contact with them and I was devastated when the page went down at the weekend.
“What they are going through, you just haven’t got the words to describe it, and with Christmas coming up, I just wanted to try to make it a little bit easier for them.
“They shouldn’t be worrying about present buying when they should be grieving the loss of Melissa and Liam.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/3pdkv69w or by calling into Morrisons in Ocean Road, South Shields and leaving a gift marking it for the attention of Wendy Kassim.