Four siblings orphaned when parents both died of cancer can buy family home thanks to kindness of strangers

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Four boys whose parents died within five months of each other have raised enough money to buy their family home. (GoFundMe)

Well-wishers from around the world have raised enough money to help four orphaned siblings buy their family home after their parents died of cancer within months of each other.

More than €380,165 (£320,000) has been raised to help the sons of Padraig and Elaine Clifford, from County Kerry in Ireland, after their deaths left their children, aged five to 21, orphans.

Padraig, 46, died of cancer in January, five months after his wife passed away.

They left behind sons Patrick, 21, Jack, 14, Andrew, eight, and Conor, five, who hoped to buy their rented family home in Milltown, Co. Kerry, so they could secure their future.

A GoFundMe page was set up in April to help them, with the local community rallying around, and rapidly attracted donations from people from all over the world.

The fundraiser has surpassed its target thanks to generosity from people around the world. (GoFundMe)
The fundraiser has surpassed its target thanks to generosity from people around the world. (GoFundMe)

At the weekend an update from Mary Hayes, who organised the fundraiser, said the campaign had far surpassed its target and would allow the boys to buy their family home, and help with their future living and education costs.

She wrote: "The Clifford boy's aunt Mary Hayes and their grandfather James Clifford launched a GoFundMe page on April 27 to raise funds to allow the boys purchase their rented home in Milltown.

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"This house has treasured memories of their parents, Padraig and Elaine, who both passed away from cancer within five months of each other.

"They are humbled and sincerely grateful for the phenomenal generosity their fundraiser has received.

"In the space of a month, the GoFundMe page has raised €379,085 euros with donations from all over the world."

She said people's generosity had "surpassed all expectations" and it was hard to put the family's gratitude into words.

"The last few months have been extremely difficult for the Clifford boys and they could not have coped without the huge support of their extended family, friends and neighbours," she added.

"They want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their comfort, support, kindness and generosity.

"The monies raised has been put in a trust fund for the boys, it will allow Patrick, Jack, Andrew and Conor purchase their home in Milltown and help with future living and educational costs.

"Thank you all sincerely for your generosity and kindness, it will never be forgotten."

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