Highfields Fire Tragedy – Trustees Statement

We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the local and wider
community in response to the Just Giving fund set up following the tragic fire in Stafford which took the lives of four young children.
Just Giving require the creator of the fund to nominate where these funds are to be paid and, having taken Legal and Government advice the most
appropriate action is for a Trust Fund to be created.

The creation of the Trust is the responsibility of the person instigating the Just Giving Fund (who is currently responsible for the monies donated). A member of the local community who has been closely involved in giving their support following the tragic events, will assist in this process. They will be supported by legal advice provided by Hand Morgan and Owen Solicitors, who have offered their expert services without charge.

The immediate issues faced by the Trust are to ensure that monies are made available quickly to support any funeral and memorial costs for Riley, Keegan, Tilly-Rose and Olly, although it is anticipated that a significant part of those costs will be met by the generosity of local funeral directors, individuals and community groups and Stafford Borough Council.
Thereafter, the Trustees wish to safeguard the remainder of the funds, and any further monies raised. Jack, the children’s two-year-old brother who survived this tragedy, is the main beneficiary of the Trust.

There are still many issues to be resolved, and it is important that the funds
are safeguarded until such time as there is sufficient clarity to consider how best to utilise the monies held in trust.

Those who have donated can be assured that, save for providing urgent
financial assistance such as described above, the funds will be held by the
Trustees.