Friends of murdered Norwich mother Kerri McAuley come together once again to keep her name alive
PUBLISHED: 17:18 19 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 20 November 2017
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Together we can do it for Kerri. That is the emphatic message from the friends of Kerri McAuley who are backing a campaign to help raise £10,000 for domestic abuse charity Leeway in memory of the much-loved mother-of-two.
Kerri suffered 19 separate injuries to her head and face following a “sustained and brutal” attack by her former partner Joe Storey, who left her to die in her Norwich home in January.
We have launched Kerri’s Campaign to try and raise enough money to kit out a new Leeway refuge and help others who find themselves wanting to flee a life of abuse.
Kerri’s friends, who have proved such a tower of support for the 32-year-old’s devastated family, including mother Lesley, have already taken part in a number of fundraising events in her memory.
And once again, united in positivity as well as grief, they are coming together in support of this campaign to ensure that some good comes from this horrific tragedy.
Gemma Richards, 30, from Norwich, said: “It gives us something to focus on rather than the negativity of everything - to know that her name can be kept alive. It’s such a good thing.
“I think it’s important because, although a lot of people are aware these cases go on, they don’t understand the severity of how far it can go. I think people who are in these situations don’t realise how serious it can be and how the help is out there.”
Ella Tungate, 29, who lives in Norwich, said: “I think it’s a really positive thing.
“It helps the grieving process to make something so positive out of something so negative.”
Melissa Moore, 35, from Norwich, said: “I just think it’s an amazing thing to do - to help anyone out there in the future in Kerri’s situation.”
Annie Reilly, 51, has launched a light a candle appeal, urging others to light and post a candle for Kerri on Facebook and nominate three others to do the same with every candle lit generating £3 towards the appeal.
She said: “I just think it’s very, very important others out there are aware that there’s a lot of help for them and I don’t think that enough of them know that.”
To donate visit the Kerri’s Campaign JustGiving page or alternatively send cheques, made payable to Archant Community Media Ltd, to Sandra Mackay at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.
Father urges others not to ‘suffer in silence’
The father of Kerri McAuley’s two boys has urged victims of abuse not to suffer in silence, but to seek the help that is out there.
Andy Williams, who is backing Kerri’s Campaign, said: “There’s two legacies that Kerri has left, two very strong legacies.
“One a family legacy – her children who are in very good hands with myself and her extended family and then second, a social legacy which Kerri has left behind which Kerri’s mum has really got behind which is highlighting the fact there is help out there – if anyone needs help it’s a phone call away and its very good help.
“I’ve met people from Leeway - they are excellent people, very good, very kind. There’s no help they won’t answer no help they won’t give.”
He said people really needed to get behind the campaign in memory of Kerri who he described as a “very, very likeable person” who once met was always remembered.
Family and friends praised for their ‘amazing’ support
The family and friends of murdered Kerri McAuley have been praised for their amazing support by the boss of the charity they are now looking to help.
Mandy Proctor, chief executive of domestic violence charity Leeway, said: “Kerri’s case touched so many people and is such a tragic loss for her family and friends.
“Kerri’s family and friends have been through an unbelievably difficult time, but they have been amazingly focused in ensuring they raise awareness of domestic abuse to help others to seek support.
“A couple of Kerri’s friends did a skydive raising money for Leeway.
“All this will help to make a difference to the lives of those experiencing domestic abuse across Norfolk and everyone at Leeway are grateful of their support.
“It has been a case of a whole community coming together to support the family and to take a stand against domestic abuse.”