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Derby fire deaths: Hospital gets toys left for children

Tributes to the five children who died in the fire
Image caption Toys, flowers, and messages were left outside the house in Victory Road

Hundreds of toys left outside a Derby house where six children died after a fire are to be donated to a hospital, the family's priest has said.

Father Alan Burbidge said the tributes were to be prepared for the children's department at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, died in the Victory Road fire in May and Duwayne, 13, three days later.

Their parents Mick and Mairead Philpott have been charged with their murder.

'Tremendous atmosphere'

They did not attend the children's funeral at St Mary's Catholic Church, St Alkmund's Way in June.

Father Burbidge said the funeral had cost about £15,000 and that the DJ Trust set up to raise money for it after the deaths had managed to raise just over that.

He said: "It all went so well... a little bit of style really with the horses and hearses and beautiful singing... and there was a tremendous atmosphere in the church.

"The family will be holding the written tributes in memory of the children.

"Some of the toys will go to the cemetery, the rest [will go] to the League of Friends of the Hospital, in whatever way they want to use them."

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