A couple injured in the IRA Warrington bomb are ‘sad’ to learn support for terrorism victims will end at a peace centre set up by the father of 12-year-old victim Tim Parry.
Liz and Gordon Edwards, from Parkfield Drive, Helsby, were shopping in Warrington town centre when they were caught in the blast which killed Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball on March 20, 1993.
The pair, who were engaged at the time but are now married with two children, have visited the Peace Centre in Warrington founded by Tim Parry’s parents Colin and Wendy, whose Survivors for Peace programme could close within weeks due to lack of funding.
The charity has supported victims of 9/11, the London Tube bombings and the family and friends of soldier Lee Rigby who was murdered in Woolwich.
“We both feel sorry for Colin and Wendy and all the staff,” said Liz, 43, who suffered serious leg and arm injuries in the terrorist attack and has not worked since due to panic attacks, adding: “It’s very sad.”
“There was a lady called Jo who used to ring up and say ‘come and see us’. I have been round a couple of times and Gordon has been there more times than I have.”
Liz, who finds it difficult to visit Warrington, said she and her husband, a tug boat captain on the Ship Canal, would love to help financially but had to prioritise their children Michael, eight, who attends Helsby Hillside Primary School, and Lucy, 16, a sixth-former at Helsby High.
Colin Parry fears the programme, which costs £150,000 a year to run, will disappear after grant funding comes to an end.
He said: “We have knocked on the door of government, just about every Government department you can think of but the answer has been fundamentally ‘no’.
“The upshot of it is, that unless we find funding very, very quickly, in a matter of weeks, the team of people we had running the programme will be made redundant, which will be a terrific loss and the people we have helped and supported over many years will no longer be able to turn to us for that type of help.”
Asked on BBC Radio Five Live if the government cared enough about victims, Mr Parry responded that judging by a letter from David Cameron: “I have to say regrettably ‘no’.
“The letter indicated that we should try the internet, which is a little bit silly, because obviously we’ve tried the internet, we’ve tried knocking on just about every door we can,” explained Mr Parry, describing the advice as ‘juvenile’.