On Sunday 8th June 2014 The Government commissioned Victim Support Homicide Services to continue their support to families bereaved by murder.
Since 2010, the homicide service has helped more than 4,800 people and is described as, "When others don't know what to say or how to help, they have helped with funeral arrangements, apply for compensation, seek specialist help"
On Thursday 27th March we presented our HM Government petition to No.10 Downing Street with The Rt Hon David Laws our local MP. We have had over 10,000 signatures agreeing with our campaign to stop our daughters killers serving a lesser sentence back in Poland.
Lady Justice Sharp sentenced them to a minimum 32 year tariff on 10th June 2013. Sending them back to Poland they will be able to apply for parole after serving just 25 years of their sentence which could be reduced by 7 years each. We feel that this makes a mockery of our justice system and we would have no part of the parole hearings or would our Victim Impact Statements that we had carefully worded for that purpose. Never know if they were truly remorseful of their actions of this serious crime.
We gave a very moving speech about our experiences of the terrible crime of 'Our beautiful Catherine's' Murder. The plotting and planning from three individuals over many months for finical gain and the deception of Catherine's boyfriend whom we had excepted and trusted into our family and thought of as a son. Our experience of giving evidence at a long and lengthy trial and the horrible way they had treated Catherine in life and in death, the defamation of her character.
We spoke of Victim Support and especially our case worker Audrey who had helped us right from the beginning of our nightmare from practical help to emotional support. And because of their love, care and kindness we were inspired to set up The Catherine Wells-Burr Foundation to help others who and will be going through the same experience as us and to leave a long lasting legacy to Catherine.
Phil, Jayne & Leanne attended the celebrations of Victim Support 40TH Anniversary Event on 22nd January 2014, hosted by The Lord Mayor of Bristol at The Mansion House, Clifton Down, Bristol.
Victim Support was founded in Bristol on 1st January 1974. It was referred 974 victims in a six month period and in the last six months had received over 13,000 referrals for Avon And Somerset which shows the extent to which Victim Support has grown. It is because of crimes and the terrible tragedy that we have suffered that they continue to work for victims.