Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We've Lost Loved Ones to Hate Crimes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We've Lost Loved Ones to Hate Crimes

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FAMILIES who have campaigned for peace following the tragic deaths of their loved ones have spoken out to back the M.E.N.'s campaign.

High-profile campaigners Sylvia Lancaster, Lyn Rigby and Colin Parry are all supporting We Stand Together.

The parents have all suffered tragic losses following hate fuelled atrocities. But despite their grief they have all worked to stand up against hatred and intolerance.

We must Sylvia Lancaster, whose daughter Sophie was killed in a hate crime, has spent the last decade working to promote tolerance amongst people in subcultures. The mum says it is vital to talk to young people about tolerance and diversity in order to tackle hate crime.


people are of the Lyn She said young people must be educated as to how to solve their differences with talking and actions, rather than resorting to violence.

"We Stand Together is an ideal platform to get the message across that violence whether that be physical or emotional is not the answer but by talking and actions they are able to solve differences," she said.

Lyn Rigby's soldier son Lee was murdered on a street in London, back in 2013. The fusilier, from Middleton, was attacked by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks, in Woolwich, on May 22, 2013.

Since Lee's death, Lyn has worked to set up a new retreat in Staffordshire for families of bereaved soldiers.

Supporting the M.E.N.'s campaign she said: "We must stand together. Young people are our adults of the future. Tolerance is an important life skill, we should respect and recognise our differences. Ignorance, fear and hatred must be tackled and talked about. We are stronger together."

Peace campaigner Colin Parry says open dialogue between communities is the only way to solve conflict. Colin's son Tim was fatally injured by an IRA bomb in Warrington town centre back in 1993.

Since then Colin and his wife have campaigned tirelessly for peace and set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. …

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