Appeal gathers support

AS SUFFOLK sees in the New Year, communities are today asked not to forget - and urged to keep pledging to the Somebody's Daughter campaign.The fundraising campaign has been launched in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council to remember the victims of the red light district killings.

AS SUFFOLK sees in the New Year, communities are today asked not to forget - and urged to keep pledging to the Somebody's Daughter campaign.

The fundraising campaign has been launched in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council to remember the victims of the red light district killings.

The proceeds will be used to help vulnerable young people in Ipswich.

Today, Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “Seeing in 2007 was a happy occasion for many but throughout this year our hearts will remain with the families and friends of the five women taken from our community.

“Through Somebody's Daughter, which is an Evening Star and Ipswich Borough Council initiative, we are pledged to work with the families to provide a fitting and lasting memorial.

“We want to keep the momentum of the campaign going and continue to thank the public for its help.

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“We hope the victims' families will help us to identify the areas where the money will be best spent and want to make a real difference for young, vulnerable, people in our town.”

Special posters have been created for the appeal and are now available for readers and businesses to display. They are available from Star reporter Josh Warwick on 01473 324840.

Donations can be made online at the Star website, in person at Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall, by phone by calling 01473 433777 and by cheques made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund, sent to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

Meanwhile, the father of Gemma Adams, one of the victims, has spoken after a trust launched in her memory soared past the £8,000 barrier.

An average of more than £1,000 a day has now been pledged to the Gemma's Gift Appeal, in aid of the Ipswich Children's Hospice, since its launch on Boxing Day.

Brian Adams said: “I am hoping this might go some way to giving Ipswich a feel-good factor and putting something back into the area, which has suffered so much recently. The more that can be done in that respect, the better.”

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