PROMISES of “thousands of pounds” have already been pledged to create a permanent memorial for Mikaeel Kular.
The sum has amassed despite the fact a dedicated bank account – details of which will be made available in the coming days – has yet to be opened.
One Scottish company, so far unnamed, has made a single pledge of £1000.
Robert Pearson, chairman of Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse which has organised the collection, said: “Already, the fund has reached thousands of pounds. I want to stress that this is not an appeal, but if people do wish to give to the memorial, it will be welcomed.”
A decision on what the money should be spent on has yet to be made.
The news comes as more than 1200 people prepare to line the banks of the Forth in Edinburgh and Fife to let off balloons in a joint “send-off” for Mikaeel tomorrow night.
The event will be held on Friday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Cramond Beach and Ravenscraig Beach.
Robert added: “This has been very difficult for us to deal with – it’s an absolute tragedy.
“We have a big event happening on Friday at the waterfront and this will give us the opportunity to have some sort of closure. People will be able to live with what’s happened rather than just try to deal with it.”
A separate memorial is planned for Flora Stevenson Primary, Mikaeel’s former school, with discussions set to take place with the Parent Teacher Council over the most appropriate tribute.
Pupils at Flora Stevenson – one of the biggest primary schools in the Capital with more than 500 pupils – have been spoken to in small groups as the community struggles to come to terms with Mikaeel’s death.
Reports Mikaeel had gone missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent prompted a huge search as emergency services and the public scoured the area near his home.
The three-year-old’s body was found 30 miles away in a wooded area behind his former family home in Kirkcaldy late on Friday night.
His mother Rosdeep Adekoya, 33, has been charged with his murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
She was remanded in custody and is now on 24-hour suicide watch in prison, as is standard practice for new inmates.
Nicola Garrick, 35, who lives opposite the Kulars’ family home in Muirhouse, said: “It’s still really raw, it’s constantly on our minds. Everyone is going to the memorial at Cramond on Friday and I think it will give people a chance to look forward.”