Kettering’s Highfield Road community rallies around grieving children

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A supportive community has raised more than £500 for three children whose mum died suddenly.

Single mum Sara Marr was aged just 39 when she died unexpectedly two months ago, leaving her children Josh, 16, Caitlin, 10, and six-year-old Charlie devastated.

The older children had helped care for Sara, who had type 1 diabetes, and Caitlin won a young carer’s award in March this year.

Sara had been due to have a routine operation in July but was admitted to hospital with high sugar levels.

She fell dangerously ill and, despite several attempts to save her life, tragically died.

Now kind-hearted friends and neighbours on the Highfield Road estate have presented the children with a cheque to help pay for their mum’s headstone.

Sara’s sister Jane McKerral said: “We weren’t expecting our sister to die at just 39.

“It’s been amazing how the community has just come together to help the children – and they are still supporting them now.

“It’s really overwhelming and makes you realise how much people care.”

Residents donated raffle prizes and bought raffle tickets in their hundreds to raise £570 for the children, which was presented by Kettering mayor Scott Edwards at the Highfield Community Centre in Barnes Close last week.

Sara’s friends have also pitched in to help out with the children and members of Greenfields Primary School friends of the school group have helped the family to come to terms with what has happened.

At the presentation, Jane said: “I’d like to thank the community.

“It means so much to us and the kids that people cared so much about Sara.”