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Hundreds turn out for vigil in Stafford

A vigil took place last night to remember four children killed in a house fire in Stafford.

Several hundred people walked from the Oxleathers pub to Whittingham Drive to lay flowers and teddies, release balloons, and say prayers.

Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, aged six, Tilly Rose Unitt, aged four, and Olly Unitt, aged three, died in the blaze on Sycamore Lane in the Highfields areas of the town in the early hours of Tuesday morning (5 February).

A woman aged 24, and a man aged 28, escaped with a two-year-old boy. 

The man is being treated for burns and the woman for smoke inhalation.

Donations of clothes and household items are continuing to flood in for the family, and are being organised by residents at the Signpost Centre.

Fundraising events are being arranged including school non-uniform days and a fundraising show at the Gatehouse Theatre.

Revolution bar is amongst the businesses that are raising money, holding a fundraiser tonight (8 February), and will have donation buckets on bars throughout the weekend.

A Just Giving page set up by local resident Stephen Glover has now raised more than £28,000 for the family.

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