Campaigners up for gong

Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst receive a Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable's commendation from Sir Peter Fahy

Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst receive a Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable's commendation from Sir Peter Fahy

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THE parents of a Wigan teenager who was killed by her abusive partner are one step closer to being awarded one of the country’s top honours for their campaigning work.

Trevor and Sheila Fairhurst have got through to the regional finals of the Pride of Britain awards after they got through to the top four of the ITV Local Fund-raiser of the Year Award 2014.

The Hindley couple will today allow camera crews in their home to film a short clip for the judging panel, highlighting why they should be picked to go to the national final in October.

Since their 19-year-old daughter Carly died in 2006 after being pushed down the stairs by boyfriend Darren Pilkington, the couple have been working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to highlight the signs and consequences to domestic violence.

They have made an hour-long documentary about Carly’s life, with ITV and SKY TV, and have appeared on This Morning and The Jeremy Kyle Show. They also spearheaded GMP’s World Cup 2014 domestic abuse campaign and have given talks to officers on training courses with both GMP and Lancashire Police.

Trevor said: “We don’t do this work for awards, but it is nice to be recognised, especially by GMP. It also helps to raise our profile and create more awareness.

“We never thought this would happen - but I am pleased our work is appreciated.

“We delivered a talk in front of 160 police officers at Sedgley Park in Prestwich recently and we got a standing ovation. The chief inspector said that in his 25 years of policing he had never seen that. We have also been told by victims and their families that we have really helped them. They feel they can talk to us more than the police because of our experiences.

“I also want to say thank you to Waitrose Regional Distribution Centre, my employer, who has really supported me with both funds and allowing me time off to do my campaigning work.

The Fairhursts were nominated by PC Amanda Riley based in the Leigh area of Wigan Division.

She said: “Trevor and Sheila have supported each other, and their family while grieving themselves. They have also worked tirelessly to raise money for the Victim Support Counselling Service to help others who have been affected by the loss of their own loved ones.”