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Community support Mother of tragic toddler Sophia Melnychuk thanks locals for 'unbelievable generosity'

'The response to our tragedy in the community is truly astonishing. The compassionate, wonderful people of this town literally carried us through the last couple of days'

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Tragedy: Sophia Melnychuk

Tragedy: Sophia Melnychuk

Tragedy: Sophia Melnychuk

The mother of a toddler who was tragically killed after being hit by a bus has thanked the local community in Tipperary for their “unbelievable generosity.”

Three-year-old Sophia Melnychuk died when she was hit by the vehicle while she was playing on the streets of Castle Heights housing estate in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary last Tuesday at around 4pm.

A GoFundMe page was later set up by a neighbour to help with funeral expenses with an initial goal of €6,000.

It has since raised more than €67,000 for the family, who are originally from Ukraine.

Sophia’s mum Mariya thanked her local community for making their “suffering more bearable” and said that the family are “so grateful” for their kindness.

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Tributes at the scene of the tragedy

Tributes at the scene of the tragedy

Tributes at the scene of the tragedy

In a social media post, she wrote: “Dear people of Carrick. On Tuesday our world was shattered by the tragic passing of our little girl. The worst thing that can ever happen to a parent has happened to us.

“The shock of it is so strong that you are just unable to function; unable to take in or retain any information; unable to do things for yourself…

“The response to our tragedy in the community is truly astonishing. The compassionate, wonderful people of this town literally carried us through the last couple of days.

“We are so grateful for your unbelievable generosity, support, kind words, gestures and actions. You felt our pain as if it was your own. Thank you for making our suffering more bearable. Love from Mariya, Andryi, Maxsum and Denis xxxx.”

A family friend who set up the fundraiser said that he had “never seen such despair.”

He wrote: “I have lived in Carrick-on-Suir my whole life and have never seen such despair or been a part of such heartbreak for a family. They are devastated and cannot believe their little girl Sophia is gone forever.

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“We have been close friends with this family a long time and want to support them anyway we can and as best we can.”

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