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Bolton

Sixth Form

College Principal Mr S Wetton BSc Deputy Principal Ms J E Leavy B Soc Sc MBA

28tn January

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National Victimso Association P O Box 111

Jarrow

Tyne and Wear NE32 5TE

Dear David

I just wanted to take a moment to write to you to

fully thank you for the excellent service

you run at National Victims Association. Last year I started to counsel a mother who had lost her only child to murder and after

counselling her for some time, and also seeing her experience very poor and deeply disappointing support from other services who were supposed to be helping her in her darkest times, I started to research what other services there where for victims of murder.

My search brought up very little in this country, however thankfully NVA were there in ttrat search. I telephoned you and

I got to speak to you personally and your first offer ofhelp was

that you would come and meet my client and her husband personally even though that meant a considerable journey for you. What a relief this personal service felt to me as a

counsellor so I can only begin to imagine what this support meant to my client after the lack

of support she had received so far. Since that call I made to you it has been a breath of fresh air that each and every time you

have said you

will do something you have done it, you came to meet my client and spent

time with them for a good while. You have kept in personal contact and you are at the end of the phone should my client need help with navigating the emotions, legal complications and on going nightmares that losing someone to murder brings. You have offered my client

to attend a week's programme this year to help them restart their life and they will be Please reply

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Bolton

Sixth Form

College Principal Mr S Wetton BSc Deputy Principal Ms J E Leavy B Soc Sc MBA

attending. Without your service paying for this my client would not be able to attend as along with their loss of their daughter comes the loss ofjobs, income etc and with mortgages still to pay etc money becomes another issue. They have not had to fight for your

help, it has just been there and I cannot express properly in a letter what this has meant to them and also to myself to know that my client has this ongoing support as I know that

counselling alone is not enough to help with the horror of losing your child to a violent crime. Their lives are changed for ever and your service clearly recognises that and responds

to it. In my experience you stand head and shoulders above other supporting agencies in the field and I appreciate the time you took to care. Once again, thank you for an outstanding

service.

Warm Regards

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Beverley Downings Staff and Student Cousellor

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