Friends start fundraising campaign for Claire Tavener’s sons

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 10 January 2018

Police outside the home in Brendon Gardens where Claire Tavener's body was found. Picture: Mark Atherton

Police outside the home in Brendon Gardens where Claire Tavener's body was found. Picture: Mark Atherton

Mark Atherton

Friends of a 27-year-old who was found dead at her Nailsea home on Monday have set up a fundraising page to raise money for her two boys.

Claire Tavener was found with fatal injuries at her home in Brendon Gardens and a 45-year-old man, believed to be her husband Andrew, was arrested shortly afterwards at Nailsea and Backwell Railway station with a life-changing hand injury.

Claire’s friend Laura Tyler has set up a gofundme page to raise money for her two young boys and people have already donated £1,790 so far.

Holy Trinity Church in Nailsea, where Claire attended a mother and toddler group, is inviting people to light a candle in her memory.

Nailsea Methodist Church has also offered ‘condolences to all affected’ and worshippers are praying for everyone who knew the family.

The community has been rocked by her death, which happened at 7am on Monday.

Neighbours said the couple were ‘quiet’ and ‘kept to themselves’.

One woman said: “I heard nothing. It was a total surprise. It’s quite frightening. There are lots of families in this area. We’re absolutely shocked.”

The Old Farmhouse in Nailsea, where Claire worked for nine years, was closed on Monday as a mark of respect.

Police described her death as an ‘isolated incident’ but patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the public.

Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: “This investigation is at a very early stage and we are doing everything possible to determine how the woman died.

“Her next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers will be providing them with all the support they need. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Specialist crime scene investigators are now examining the scene while there is also an increased police presence in the area for reassurance.

“We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and I’d like to reassure people we believe this to be an isolated incident.

“Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

To help raise money for Claire’s boys, visit

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