Tragic sons' emotive letter to say thanks
THREE brothers left bewildered when their parents were found dead have written an open letter of thanks to a community that has shown them "unconditional kindness, generosity and compassion".
Chris, Josh and Joel Trenchard were stunned when parents Derisa and Jonathan were found dead at their Carbis Bay home on October 2.
That morning Derisa, 50, and Jonathan, 48, saw 13-year-old Joel off to school, walked their beloved King Charles spaniels, then returned to their Polwithen Drive home. They weren't seen alive again.
When the news broke teachers at St Ives School immediately raised £1,000 in a whip-round to help pupil Joel and his grown-up brothers, Chris, 26, and Josh, 23. Since then collections have been started by friends and workmates in the town and online.
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A non-uniform day at St Ives School raised £1,300 and a concert was held there on Monday night.
On Tuesday the boys contacted The Cornishman to say they were "grateful beyond words" to everyone who had rallied round.
The letter, from "Chris, Josh and Joely", said: "The tragic and unexpected death of our beloved parents Jonathan and Derisa Trenchard has thrust us into an overwhelming time in our lives.
"An overwhelming list of things to do, an overwhelming change in our lifestyles and most certainly an overwhelming amount of cooking and cleaning to do … however, most overwhelming of all is the unconditional kindness, generosity and compassion shown to us from friends and the local community.
"From the very start, we have been given the most incredible support.
"So incredible, it really is difficult just to comprehend. When enough time has passed for this crazy situation to fully sink in, and we can appreciate with our whole hearts the touching actions of others, this support will never be forgotten by any of the three of us – Chris, Josh and Joely.
"We are grateful beyond words to all of you, as you have made us feel loved as much as we could ever have dreamed of.
"For that, and so much more, we thank you."
After singling out a number of people and organisations for thanks, the letter concludes: "If we all showed each other this much kindness, generosity and compassion all of the time, the World would be a much happier place. Thank you for making our world a happy place in spite of the circumstances. We will appreciate it forever."
St Ives School interim head teacher Richard Schofield, one of the people named by the brothers, said: "The boys have been incredibly positive under the circumstances.
"They are determined to rebuild their lives and pick up where they left off before this awful tragedy happened."
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the Trenchards' deaths.