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Inverness family killed in tragic A82 accident will be buried together


By Louise Glen


Gemma and Rhys Cousin.
Gemma and Rhys Cousin.

FAMILY of the parents and children killed in an accident on the A82 have spoken about how they will remain 'always together'.

The families of Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi Cousin have also said they have been overwhelmed with the generosity of family, friends and strangers after the loss of their relatives.

They have had sympathy cards from all over the world as well as messages of support.

A crowdfunding campaign has raised almost £30,000 something the family have said will give their loved ones the best send off ever. Any extra money raised will be given to road safety charity Brake.

Both families want to remember Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi as the vibrant and dynamic people they were.

Gemma's sister Rebecca Davidson said: "We have been sent love from all over the world."

The Humanist service to celebrate their lives will be at noon on Thursday at the William T Fraser funeral home prior to the burial at Kilvean Cemetery.

Gemma's mum Tracy Davidson said: "They had so many friends, and there are two large extended families, so it will be a big funeral.

Rhys Cousin with his daughters Peyton and Heidi.
Rhys Cousin with his daughters Peyton and Heidi.

"They will be buried in two coffins – Gemma and Rhys will be buried in a cuddling position with the children. Just as they were in life, always together."

She continued: "We are overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone. From the undertakers, to the registrars and the emergency services, we have been touched with everyone's kindness.

"I cannot tell you how important that is for all of the family."

Rhys's mum Samantha Cousin, who now lives in Orkney, said: "When the police came to my door to tell me what had happened, they could not have been kinder. They stayed with me as I began to take the information in, as much as you can take it in.

"Saying 'thank you' just does not seem like enough. It does not even come close to what I feel for all the support I have been given.

"Everyone has been so kind to us and everything they are doing means so much to us. I am simply overwhelmed."

Donations to the crowdfunding campaigns – one campaign in Scotland and another in Ireland, where several relatives live – have seen a constant flow of money to help meet the costs of the funeral.

Rhys's colleagues and employers at Freeflow as well as school friends of the couple and even the emergency services who were on the scene of the accident have all donated.

The family have also been inundated with messages on social media offering care and support.

* Donations are being made at www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-the-cousin-family and www.gofundme.com/f/thz3dz-funeral-cost

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