CHARLES GRAHAM - A valuable cause

I DON’T get out of the office much these days, but I was determined to make time for a short but special ceremony in Wigan town centre this week.

I wasn’t the only one either. The Mayor of Wigan was there and also none other than Javid Khan, chief executive of the national Victim Support and Witness Service charity, cleared his diary and came all the way up from London for the same event.

It was the unveiling of a plaque at the new Wigan Life Centre which not only marks the move of Victim Support there from its old Crawford Street base but also commemorates the memory of domestic violence victim Carly Fairhurst and celebrates the incredible fund-raising work of her parents since her death six years ago. Mr Khan thanked Trevor and Sheila on behalf of all the folk they have helped with the tens of thousands they have raised for the charity’s local counselling service and for raising the organisation’s profile since the Hindley 19-year-old’s death in 2006.

The couple would of course much rather have their daughter back but, as Mr Khan eloquently put it, they have become a shining example to those who have suffered pain and tragedy in that such loss can be turned into something very positive. And long may their inspirational and valuable work continue.