Thousands of people have come forward to light a virtual candle after a regional daily launched an online memorial for four young boys who died after falling into a freezing lake.
Brothers Finlay and Samuel Butler, aged eight and six, their 11-year-old cousin Thomas Stewart and a fourth youngster Jack Johnson, 10, have died after falling into Babbs Mill Lake, in Solihull, last Sunday.
Birmingham Live’s tribute allows readers to light a virtual candle, with an accompanying map showing where tributes have been paid to the boys.
Editor Graeme Brown told HTFP: “We are used to heartache in our industry – but every now and then, a story comes along that knocks you sideways – Babbs Mill was just that.
“We’ve been following the tragedy since the afternoon it happened – and seen four young lives taken.
“My staff have been exemplary – thorough and challenging but considerate and empathetic – but we still wanted to go further to do what we can to help the families.
“There was already a GoFundMe set up, so we have supported that, and we thought we’d build something that gave people a place to share their grief.
“Hopefully it helped them grieve – and if it gives one second of relief to the friends and families of those four boys, who must be going through hell, then it has all been worth it.”