A LASTING memorial to tragic domestic violence victim Carly Fairhurst has been unveiled at Wigan Life Centre.
And such is the esteem in which the Hindley 19-year-old’s parents Trevor and Sheila held for their fund and profile-raising efforts for Victim Support, that the organisation’s London-based chief executive cleared his diary to attend yesterday’s ceremony.
In a moving speech, Javid Khan praised the Fairhursts who have raised thousands for Wigan Victim Support’s counselling service since losing their daughter in 2006.
Mr Khan said: “In our daily work we see how difficult it is for families to come to terms with pain and suffering. Trevor and Sheila stand out as an achievement to anyone who has suffered like that. They have turned pain and tragedy into something that is very positive.” He thanked them on behalf of all the victims they have helped for raising the money and promoting the charity.
And the money keeps rolling in. Andrew Rowcroft, Wigan Victim Support’s former service delivery manager, presented the Carly Fund with £500 from a sponsored run while a cheque from the annual Concert for Carly added £3,000 to the total. Mr Fairhurst thanked all those involved in raising money and in the creation of the plaque which is in the Life Centre after Victim Support decamped there from Gerard Winstanley House.