Elaine Clifford, 40, and her husband Padraig, 46, died just months apart, leaving their sons Conor, Andrew, Jack and Patrick in Milltown, Ireland
Four brothers who lost both parents to cancer in less than six months may be able to stay in their home after a massive community fundraiser.
Five-year-old Conor Clifford and his brothers Andrew, eight, Jack, 14, and Patrick, 21, faced sacking after their devastating loss.
So far the community of Milltown, Republic of Ireland has raised nearly £290,000 to ensure the boys there can continue to live.
Her mother, Elaine Clifford, died in late August, the day before her 41st birthday, shortly after being diagnosed with stage four cancer.
Weeks later, her husband Padraig, 46, was unwell and later died in January after being diagnosed with aggressive cancer, she reports Bristol Live.
“This heartbreaking story touched many people near and far,” wrote Mary Hayes, who organized the fundraiser.
“It left the Milltown community in disbelief that this could happen to one family in such a short time.
“In May 2021, the boys’ mother Elaine was diagnosed with stage four cancer.
“After a short time and a great struggle, she lost her battle to cancer on August 28, 2021, leaving behind her heartbroken husband Padraig and their beloved boys.
“Padraig found it very difficult to come to terms with the loss of his soul mates, his amazing wife and mother of their four beautiful boys. Padraig tried to get on with his life as best he could with the great help of family and friends who gathered around him.
“When Padraig was unwell in December 2021, little did he know that he too had cancer. He was admitted to Kerry University Hospital on January 17, 2022 and after testing was diagnosed with aggressive cancer.
“Padraig has fought hard to keep his promise to beautiful Mrs Elaine to look after her boys but sadly he lost his battle with cancer eight days later on Tuesday 25th January 2022 surrounded by his loving family and friends.”
She added: “The boys are now staying in the family’s rented house in Milltown. This fundraiser is set up to raise enough money for the Clifford boys to buy their family home and secure their future.
“Any donation to help the Clifford boys achieve their goal of owning their own home would be greatly appreciated.
“The Clifford family are extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity they have received during this very difficult time.”
Anyone who would like to donate to the GoFundMe campaign can do so here.
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