Heartbroken family reveal memorial plans for Fuller children
HEARTBROKEN grandad Ron Tocknell has paid tribute to people in the Forest of Dean who prayed for his family.
Mr Tocknell has spoken three months after his grandchildren Sam, 12, Rebecca, eight, and Charlotte Fuller, seven, were found dead in a disused Shropshire quarry, along with their father Ceri, 35.
It has also been announced that a public memorial service will be held at Sam's former school Lakers, in Five Acres, on October 28.
"Thank you Sam, thank you Becca and thank you Charlie for the innocent wisdom, the love, the laughter and the endless drawings of superheroes, princesses, sunflowers and rainbows," said Ron.
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"This memorial is about expressing our gratitude for the privilege of having known them. Personally, I feel honoured that these wonderful children called me 'grandad'."
The Fuller family lived in Milkwall near Coleford and the tragedy sent shockwaves across the county and beyond.
A police investigation found no-one else was involved in the deaths.
There was a huge outpouring of support for the family, particularly for the children's mum Ruth.
Mr Tocknell said: "We would like to thank the whole Forest community for the support we have received not only from established friends but also from strangers who have, nevertheless, sent out their thoughts and prayers to us.
"The memorial service is primarily for the children who knew Sam, Becca and Charlie. We would like to thank their many friends for helping to make their brief lives so joyful. They are so sadly missed. They shall remain forever in our hearts."
Lakers headteacher Alison Elliott said: "They were valued members of our school communities and we will keep their memories alive."
The memorial service will start at 11am. A bench will be sited in the school gardens near the pond, and a tree will be planted.
Donations on the day can be made to childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish and mental health charity MIND.