Funeral appeal for victims of Walkden house fire tragedy reaches target in days

Lia, three, Lacie, seven, Brandon, eight, and 15-year-old Demi. Credit: Family handouts.

An appeal to help pay for the funeral of four children who died as a result of the Walkden house fire has reached its target in just four days.

The campaign was launched by Matt Pearson, the uncle of Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and three-year-old Lia who died as a result of the blaze at their house in Jackson Street in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Pearson said he wanted to make sure his nieces and nephew were given ‘the best funeral they deserve’ and that they be buried side by side.

Over the weekend the fund exceeded its target of £15,000, with the level of donations continuing to rise.

The children’s mother, Michelle Pearson, remains in a drug-induced coma in hospital.

Matt wrote on the appeal page: “I am Michelle’s brother and uncle of the kids, I want to give these kids the best funeral they deserve with customised coffins for them.

“Lia loved Peppa Pig, she had all the toys and watched it non-stop everyday, it would be nice to get her this coffin.

“A horse and carriage to take them to the cemetery. They will all be buried together, side by side.”

The link to the page has been shared thousands of times on Facebook.