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Tributes to children who died in Stafford house fire as fundraising for family begins

  • The children's schools and nurseries have spoken about their characters today.
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  • Riley

Our entire school community is absolutely devastated by this news.

Riley was a very confident, excitable member of school who came everyday full of enthusiasm. He was a caring friend who hated to see anyone hurt or upset and would do his best to help or cheer them up.

Riley had a great sense of humour and an infectious giggle. He was a very bright and articulate boy who showed interest in all areas and was always keen to ask lots of questions.

– Nicola Glover, Head teacher at Castlechurch Primary School
  • Tilly

Tilly was a happy little girl who loved coming to nursery. She was a friendly and caring child who loved to read stories, dress up and paint. Tilly was always proud of her achievements.

– Nicola Glover, Head teacher at Castlechurch Primary School
  • Olly

Olly was a happy, loving boy who loved cuddles. He was always happy to come to nursery and loved to be in the role play area with the dolls.

– Nicola Glover, Head teacher at Castlechurch Primary School
  • Keegan

Keegan was lively, full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile. He loved school and everyone who worked with him loved him.

We were all proud of him and the progress that he had made. It is very hard to accept what has happened.

Our school community are understandably devastated and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

– Kim Ellis, Head teacher at Marshlands Special School

Both schools say that support is in place for staff and pupils.

A Facebook page has been set up where the community is offering any help they can - donations of clothes, furniture and bedding, and there are suggestions a charity fundraising day could be organised.

Nearly £4000 has been pledged on a Crowdfunding website.

READ: How the house fire which killed four children unfolded

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