I attended the Horsham inquest into the Shoreham Airshow crash with a colleague of mine at the start of the month, to help support the families of the victims’ of this terrible accident.
We are a group of six working, as volunteers, to help our Coroner’s Office in West Sussex, which also covers Worthing and Chichester courts.
The families do not always have liaison officers from the police in attendance, so we fill that role in court whenever we are needed.
Inquests are not usually discussed or on anybody’s radar until suddenly it happens to individuals, when their lives are torn apart by tragedy.
It is very daunting attending an inquest, so we are there to explain, support and give emotional comfort to the family members at a very sad time.
We have to rely mostly on donations, and a small government grant, however it is unlike other charities just by the nature of the emotional involvement.
The charity was founded a few years ago, by a lady called Roey Burden, who, on attending an inquest supporting a friend, realised that there was a desperate need for help and emotional support.
Since then, from a small beginning at one court in London, it has grown and grown to a nationwide presence in many of our courts.
If anyone would like to donate to our charity however small, we can be contacted at The Coroner’s Court Support Service, Westminster Coroner’s Court, 65 Horseferry Road, London,SW1P 2ED.
Mrs C. Bowring
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