Charity helps people get through the worst times

It's hard to imagine the pain a family must feel when they lose a loved one to violent crime.

Saturday, 19th November 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:07 pm

The devastation all of us experience when we lose someone important must be multiplied 10-fold.

Besides the death itself, it’s coping with the shocking situation that led to it.

And that comes across loud and clear in the story we bring you today of the death of Michael Scardifield.

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He was brutally murdered and his brother Eugene tells The News of the terrible effects the crime has had on his family.

It’s a moving story of a truly terrible time in their lives.

But now Eugene is hoping to find something positive out of a truly dreadful situation.

He’s taking on an epic 200-mile cycling challenge for the charity that gave his family vital support.

Support After Manslaughter And Murder may not be a charity many of us will come into contact in our lives.

But nonetheless, it does outstanding work giving families such as the Scardifields help through what must be the very worst of times.

As Eugene tells us, having a family member murdered is not an easy issue to discuss and can make people uncomfortable when they don’t know how to respond.

Which is where SAMM comes in.

It is staffed entirely by people who have lost loved ones in the same way as Eugene.

He is taking on his cycling challenge to raise much-needed cash for SAMM.

And we would encourage you to help him if you can.

Whether by sponsoring Eugene, or donating directly, your contributions could help make a real difference to grieving families. You can find the details on page five, so please lend a hand if you are able to.