Nov 1 2012 Chester Chronicle
COURAGEOUS Hillsborough mum Anne Williams has revealed she is suffering from terminal cancer.
Mrs Williams, 59, who lives in Newtown, Chester, has campaigned tirelessly for justice for more than two decades because her 15-year-old son Kevin was among the 96 Liverpool FC fans who perished as a result of the 1989 disaster.
But she has been unwell in recent months, only leaving hospital two days before the damning findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report were revealed in September.
Supporters are already moving to try to get a new inquest into Kevin’s death brought forward as soon as possible.
Anne, who has bowel cancer, said doctors have now told her there is nothing more they can do.
She will move to a hospice in Southport to be closer to family after being taken into hospital last week meaning she was absent from the Commons Hillsborough debate.
She said: “I’m still getting my head around the whole thing. I don’t want to know how long I’ve got because I just want to enjoy whatever time is left with my family and friends.”
Anne was a constant force in trying to get to the real truth about the disaster until the breakthrough that followed Labour MP Andy Burnham’s speech at the 20th Hillsborough anniversary memorial service.
She submitted three petitions to the Attorney General – with a fourth now active – for a new inquest into Kevin’s death and took her case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Anne said: “I want to thank everyone who has helped me over all the years, the barristers and forensic pathologists who waived fees to enable me to get through the system as well as the people who believed in what I was trying to do when it felt like no-one else was listening.
“They supported me because they knew I was right and I’ll be always be grateful for that. I’ll keep on fighting – I’ve been doing it for long enough – but I’m not an idiot and know how serious this is.
“I did watch the debate from parliament this week and it was good to see things start to move forward – I just hope I get the chance to see justice for my Kevin and for the 96.”
Anne was one of the six families involved in the formation of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign in 1998 and they have been handling her affairs again in recent times.
A Facebook page has been set up by Jo Gower, from Wallasey, who is hoping to speed up the new inquest into Kevin’s death. She is also asking people to sign up to an e-petition at www. facebook.com/ GetKevinWilliamsInquestBroughtForward.
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