Leeway charity ball provides £250 boost to campaign in memory of Kerri McAuley

Domestic abuse charity Leeway held its annual ball at Sprowston Manor on Saturday, which was attende

Domestic abuse charity Leeway held its annual ball at Sprowston Manor on Saturday, which was attended by more than 150 people. Photo: Leeway - Credit: Archant

A charity ball saw more than £200 donated in memory of a Norwich mother who was murdered by her former partner.

Picture of Kerri McAuley. Submitted by Kerri's family.

Picture of Kerri McAuley. Submitted by Kerri's family. - Credit: Archant

Domestic abuse charity Leeway held its annual ball at Sprowston Manor on Saturday, which was attended by more than 150 people.

As part of the evening, people were asked to donate money in memory of Kerri McAuley, who was murdered in January this year.

The funds will go towards Kerri's Campaign, which the EDP and Evening News is supporting, to kit out Leeway's new domestic violence safe house.

Speaking about the event, Mandy Proctor, the charity's chief executive, said: 'It was really moving to hold a toast in memory of Kerri.

For me, this really emphasises why we hold events like this. Not only does it raise funds so we can offer high-quality services to those experiencing domestic abuse, but it also raises awareness of a very important issue.

'The response the campaign has received so far has been excellent and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to create something good in memory of Kerri.'

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A spokesman for the Leeway charity said £256 was raised from the night.

Kerri, 32, suffered 19 separate injuries to her head and face following a 'sustained and brutal' attack by her former partner and serial abuser Joe Storey who then left her to die alone in her Norwich home in January this year.

The EDP and Evening News has vowed to raise £10,000 towards the appeal in her memory.

Meanwhile, a victim of domestic abuse will be telling her harrowing story at the first ever Norfolk Domestic Abuse Champions conference.

The survivor will tell the moving story of how she fled, to inspire people who have been trained to help others in a similar situation.

The event, which is being held at the Green Britain Centre, Swaffham, on Tuesday, aims to celebrate the milestone of reaching 800 'champions'- people from community workplaces, such as social workers, CAB advisers, doctors and teachers who have been trained to spot the signs of domestic abuse and how to help.

The champions are given free training by domestic abuse change co-ordinators, funded by Norfolk County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.

To donate to Kerri's Campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kerris-campaign

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