Ter­ror at­tack sur­vivors win PM’s sup­port

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

A GROUP of sur­vivors of dif­fer­ent ter­ror at­tacks, in­clud­ing a woman from Ash­ford who was in­jured in the Lon­don bomb­ings on July 7, 2005, has met the Prime Min­is­ter in a quest for com­pen­sa­tion.

At a lunchtime meet­ing last Wed­nes­day Gor­don Brown promised to help them.

Bev­erli Rhodes, who lives in Ken­ning­ton and was in­jured when a bomb ex­ploded in a train un­der Rus­sell Square on 7/7, said: “The meet­ing was ex­tremely pos­i­tive.”

She is hope­ful for action from the Prime Min­is­ter.

Ms Rhodes said: “If there is a way he can find to ne­go­ti­ate then he will. It’s won­der­ful. He’s on board and 100 per cent sup­port­ive.”

The sur­vivors of dif­fer­ent ter­ror cam­paigns re­cently united to form the Sur­vivors Coali­tion Foun­da­tion.

Ms Rhodes said: “We have joined to­gether as one strong sur­vivor group, which is the first time ever.”

The coali­tion is ask­ing for £1.3 mil­lion for each sur­vivor and £3 mil­lion for each be­reaved fam­ily.

Ini­tially the claim is for vic­tims of IRA ter­ror at­tacks but Ms Rhodes hopes this will set a prece­dent for all sur­vivors and vic­tims.

On Sun­day it will be 20 years since a bomb ex­ploded on a Pan Am jumbo jet with 258 pas­sen­gers on board over the town of Locker­bie, near the Scot­tish bor­ders.

Ms Rhodes said: “I think it’s the right time to be do­ing this sort of thing in this par­tic­u­lar week when we re­mem­ber the sur­vivors and the be­reaved of Locker­bie.”

Pic­ture: Mike Gun­nill

Bev­erli Rhodes

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