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Come and join us as campaign in memory of murdered Norwich mum Kerri McAuley hits the streets

PUBLISHED: 09:49 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 06 December 2017

Reporter Peter Walsh with a Kerri's Campaign collection bucket. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Reporter Peter Walsh with a Kerri's Campaign collection bucket. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

A call is being made for volunteers to spare an hour or two and join us as we take our campaign in memory of a murdered city mum onto the streets of Norwich.

Friends and family of Kerri McAuley help launch the 'Kerri's Campaign' to raise £10K for Leeway. Picture: Nick Butcher Friends and family of Kerri McAuley help launch the 'Kerri's Campaign' to raise £10K for Leeway. Picture: Nick Butcher

We have launched Kerri’s Campaign following the horrific murder of Kerri McAuley in January this year in a bid to raise £10,000 to help kit out a new refuge for domestic violence victims.

A JustGiving page has been set up as part of the campaign which can also receive cheque donations, but in order to give it an added boost we will be holding street collections in Norwich on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12.

It follows a successful application to Norwich City Council for a street collection permit which enables us to collect money on the streets of Norwich between 9am and 6pm on December 11 and 12.

A team of volunteers from Archant, publisher of the EDP and Norwich Evening News, will be out in force over the two days and we are urging you to come and join us and help give our campaign a helping hand.

David Powles, EDP and Norwich Evening News editor, said: “We have launched Kerri’s Campaign in memory of a young mother who was killed in the most horrific way imaginable.

“Kerri’s family and friends are rightly proud that despite her tragic death, she is still able to do some good for others, even if the campaign is too late for her.

“So today we are urging readers to give up an hour or two of their time to join our team of street collectors and help us reach our target.

“Together we can all help ensure Kerri’s name lives on as part of a legacy that enables other victims to escape the horror of domestic violence.”

Last week we reported how Kerri’s killer, Joe Storey, had an appeal against his sentence dismissed at the Court of Appeal in London.

In dismissing the appeal, Mrs Justice Simler DBE, said: “This was a callous, brutal murder of a young, defenceless woman in her own home where she should’ve been safe.”

She said they found that the sentence passed by Judge Holt was not manifestly excessive or outside the range of sentences available to him.

If you would like to join our collectors email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk by 5pm on Friday, December 8.

Kerri’s Campaign

We have vowed to raise £10,000 to try and ensure a new Leeway refuge can be kitted out in memory of Norwich woman Kerri McAuley who was murdered by her former partner.

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

Kerri’s family - including mother Lesley - have given their support to the campaign and said the mother of two would have been proud of it.

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.

Alternatively, those wanting to donate can send cheques, made payable to Archant Community Media Ltd, to Sandra Mackay at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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