Appeal after triplets' mother Rachel Park dies tops £22,000

Rachel and Steven Park with the triplets Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Rachel and Steven Park's triplets spent the first few months of their lives in hospital

An appeal launched to raise cash for triplets whose mother died after spending her first Christmas with her babies has hit £22,000 in a week.

Friends of Rachel Park, of Whitehaven, Cumbria, are supporting her husband Steven and nine-month-old daughters Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn.

Mrs Park, 39, died suddenly on 27 December. Police said her death was unexplained but not suspicious.

Family friend Julie Hodgson said the public's generosity was "overwhelming."

The triplets were born prematurely in March at 26 weeks and had been allowed out of hospital for the first time.

Ms Hodgson, who helped set up A Go Fund Me target of £5,000 revealed it had reached £22,000.

'Totally tragic'

She said the aim of raising the money was to make sure Mrs Park's "beautiful family had the support they need now and in the coming months".

Dozens of tributes have been posted on Facebook, with one describing her death as "totally tragic and heartbreaking".

Ms Hodgson said: "We are feeling overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone. People think their contribution won't make a difference, but our total shows that every penny truly does count.

"People up and down the country are doing various things to raise money."

Image copyright Family photo
Image caption The triplets spent Christmas at home, after being released from hospital for the first time since their premature births

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