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Andrea Lambrou

Heartbroken East Kilbride kids receive kind gifts from strangers

Three grieving kids who lost everything when their mum’s house was robbed just days after her death have been lavished with kind gifts.

The News told how heartless raiders ransacked Kim Lomas’ Greenhills home at the start of lockdown leaving her young children with only photos to remember her by.

A PlayStation and TV were stolen, along with all of Kim’s jewellery and even her clothes.

Sean, 11, who is autistic, and nine-year-old twins Shannon and Tammy were then faced with further heartbreak as they laid their mum to rest with only their gran Grace for support due to coronavirus restrictions.

After an online fundraising appeal, English victim support charity Through the Fight Foundation made the trip north to present the family with top-of-the-range gifts worth nearly £1000 – including rose gold iPads for the girls and an Xbox One for Sean.

Charity founder Shane Yerrell also presented Grace with a £1000 cheque.

He said: “When I came across the story on Facebook I just felt gutted for them. To lose your mother at any age is painful, but to lose her when you are so young and then have all your memories stolen too – that’s heartbreaking on another level.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about them and just wanted to put it right.

“Obviously I couldn’t bring their mum back. But to be able to replace the Xbox that was stolen from the little boy and buy the two girls a new iPad each was my way of putting some light on a dark situation.”

Shane set up the charity after being stabbed in a random street attack on Halloween 10 years ago.

He added: “I set up Through The Fight Foundation to provide support for victims of crime and this family really were victims. We have never helped a family outside of England but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

“To see how happy they all were when they opened their gifts made it worth every minute of the journey to Scotland.

“Their nan grace is a remarkable person. It was nice to be able to give her some money to help her with anything the family might need. I have a massive amount of respect for her.”

Thanking Through the Fight for their support, Grace said: “I would like to thank Shane, Dave and everybody who contributed to the appeal, the kids are overjoyed with their gifts.

“We could be doing with a wee break so I plan to take the kids away somewhere local.”

Kim, who suffered from depression, was found dead at an address in Edinburgh on March 25. Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

Grace said she was certain the “lousy thieving scumbags” knew Kim had passed away and that her house was empty.

She added: “Being here so close to their mum’s house is just a constant reminder, it’s been a total nightmare and has just ripped the heart right out me. This has helped give the kids a wee bit of happiness, they deserve it.”

Grace also paid thanks to the community of Greenhills who clubbed together and presented her with a cheque for £150 and two trolleys full of goods from Iceland.

Police confirmed a woman has now been charged in connection with the theft at Carnoustie Crescent between March 27 and April 3.

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

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