THE campaigning parents of a tragic domestic violence victim have been nominated for one of the country’s most prestigious humanitarian prizes.
Police have nominated Trevor and Sheila Fairhurst, whose 19-year-old daughter Carly was killed by her abusive partner eight years ago, for a Pride of Britain award.
The Hindley couple today said they were “flabbergasted” by the news, modestly saying they were sure there were far more deserving causes.
But Leigh-based bobby PC Amanda Riley, who put their names forward, said: “Nobody deserves The Pride of Britain ITV Local Fund-raiser of the Year Award 2014 more than Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst.
“Despite being completely grief-sticken after the death of their daughter, they started to raise money for the Victim Support counselling service, which is a charity run organisation and is not government-funded, in order to raise awareness of domestic violence.
“Sheila and Trevor have to-date, raised over £50,000 for their very special cause. They have also created the www.thecarlyfund.co.uk website in order to raise awareness around domestic violence.
“They have told their tragic story over and over, reliving their unimaginable nightmare every day of their lives. Despite the harrowing effect this has had on them, they have chosen to do this in order to help men and woman suffering in silence at the hands of their domestic violence perpetrators.”
The Fairhursts have made an hour-long documentary about Carly’s life, which was a joint venture with ITV and SKY TV, and they have appeared on This Morning and The Jeremy Kyle Show, amongst others.
They recently spearheaded Greater Manchester Police’s World Cup 2014 domestic abuse campaign and have now given talks to roomsful of officers on training courses with both GMP and Lancashire Police.
Trevor said: “This nomination has come out of the blue and we are flattered, shocked or flabbergasted.
“We have known PC Riley for a long time but hadn’t seen her for a while until she went to the presentation we gave at Sedgley Park recently and she said she was very impressed by the work we have done.
“Well it was very nice of her to say so but we are sure there are far more deserving causes than us.”
To vote for the Fairhursts, visit the itv.com/prideofbritain website and select the category for fund-raiser, then select Nominate Your Fundraiser.