Young persons appeal takes step forward

A MAJOR appeal launched to help vulnerable young people in Ipswich will take a leap forward next week when a funding application is submitted for a full time project co-ordinator.

A MAJOR appeal launched to help vulnerable young people in Ipswich will take a leap forward next week when a funding application is submitted for a full time project co-ordinator.

The Somebody's Daughter campaign was created in the aftermath of the murders of five sex workers in late December 2006.

Earlier this year, Steve Wright, 50, formerly of London Road, Ipswich, was convicted of killing Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell.

The Evening Star and Ipswich Borough Council, supported by a host of dignitaries including MP Chris Mole and Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks, have spearheaded the campaign since the tragedy in a bid to ensure youngsters affected by drugs and vice are given a second chance.

Tens of thousands of pounds have already been raised - but now Somebody's Daughter, a registered charity, is preparing to move forward by sourcing the grant required to employ a professional to head up the project.

The board of trustees will next week submit an application to a major grant-awarding national charity.

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And should that application prove successful, the campaign will be seeking an experienced manager to oversee developments.

The charity will eventually run a haven for vulnerable young people as well as providing an educational element where teens can seek information and guidance.

Star editor and Somebody's Daughter trustee Nigel Pickover described the development as a “significant boost”.

He said: “A project co-ordinator will enable the charity to operate efficiently and effectively in ensuring it meets the mandate set out following the tragedies of late 2006.

“If and when the application is approved, this hugely important charity will receive a significant boost in fulfilling its aims.”

Donations to the memorial fund can be made online at www.eveningstar.co.uk, in person at Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall, by calling 01473 433777, or by sending a cheque, made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund, to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

Do you support Somebody's Daughter? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Fast Facts: Somebody's Daughter

The appeal was launched as a legacy to the five women murdered in the red light killings

The mandate is to support vulnerable young people in Ipswich

More than £50,000 has already been raised