GPs join battle on domestic violence

Carly Fairhurst
Carly Fairhurst
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A COUPLE who lost their daughter to domestic violence had GPs queueing up to take part in a pilot scheme to help victims.

Trevor and Sheila Fairhurst were invited by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan NHS Trust to address an audience of doctors and other medical centre straff attending a conference at Haydock’s Thistle Hotel about how better to find out if a patient is suffering abuse.

And the account of their 19-year-old daughter’s ultimately fatal relationship with thug Darren Pilkington and how she denied to them that he was attacking her, proved a clearly moving experience for the audience.

Many doctors are now looking to take part in a pilot scheme in the borough which will see in the introduction of a more standardised way of asking questions of patients suspected of being domestic violence victims

The Fairhursts are currently now putting the final touches to the latest Concert for Carly: an event timed to coincide with her birthday which raises money for Wigan Victim Support counsellors.

The event at the Monaco Ballroom in Hindley takes place on St George’s Day and pupils at Hindley All Saints Primary School, which their seven-year-old granddaughter Kiera attends, presented them with a special commemorative Union Flag with which to help decorate the hall.

The rising band The Lottery Winners and young starlet Chloe Pownall top the bill, there is an Elvis Impersonator DJ, raffle, auction and and food including a hotpot supper.

The auction lots include a variety of 1966 signed World Cup memorabilia, a helicopter flight and holiday in the Forest of Dean.

The Fairhursts say they have once again been overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and companies in helping put the concert together. Gregg’s, Greenghalgh’s, Co-op Funeral Care and Blue Arrow recruitment have helped fund the catering, Apollo Printers volunteered to assist with posters and tickets while Bullit Recruitment of Pemberton has volunteered to set up a website for the Farihursts to help with further fund-raising escapades.

Tickets for the 7.30pm concert fon April 23 are £10 inclusive of supper. To get one ring 07749 325603.