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Businesses in Norwich and Norfolk urged to help us raise cash in memory of murdered city mum Kerri McAuley

PUBLISHED: 09:29 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 23 November 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 plea is being issued to businesses in Norwich and across Norfolk to help us raise £10,000 in memory of a woman who was brutally murdered by her violent former partner.

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

We have launched Kerri’s Campaign following the horrific murder of Kerri McAuley in January this year in a bid to raise enough funds 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 are looking for businesses to help us by holding bucket collections or other fundraising events.

David Powles, EDP and Norwich Evening News editor, said: “The murder of Kerri McAuley was such a horrific crime which robbed a 32-year-old of her life, two children of their mum and a family of much-loved young woman.

“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.

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

“So today we are urging other businesses in Norwich and across Norfolk to do what they can to help us reach our target whether that’s by donating money to the campaign through the JustGiving Page that has been set up, holding office collections, or organising other fundraising events.

“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.”

Britannia Enterprises, a social enterprise created in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and HMP Norwich to help rehabilitate offenders, is one city organisation that has already agreed to help.

They will have collection buckets at its first ever three-day Christmas Craft Fair Weekend, being held in aid of Leeway, at Park Britannia at Waterloo Park from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26 between 10am and 5pm.

Gemma Johnson, marketing manager, said they were happy to support our campaign for a “fantastic” charity and urged others to do the same.

She said: “It’s a small gesture which could make a big difference.”

Log onto www.cafebritannia.co.uk to find out more about the Christmas Craft Fair.

Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk if you’re business would like to collect for the campaign.

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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