Charity gets help in memory of Huddersfield murder victim Nathan Crawley
Sep 18 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Nathan Crawley and his son
THE parents of a Huddersfield man, murdered in Humberside, have pledged to continue their fundraising efforts to help others.
Derek and Sheila Crawley have already raised more than £3,100 to fund the work of Victim Support.
And they want others to help them generate money to assist people who are victims of crime.
The couple’s son Nathan, who grew up in Bradley, died in July, 2006, after he was attacked in a park in the seaside town of Hornsea, East Yorkshire, where he had moved with his parents.
Two local men were found guilty of his murder in February, 2007, and are now serving life sentences.
Nathan, who was 29, enjoyed bowling when he grew up.
Derek, who is also a keen bowler, plays for Newsome Working Men’s Club and Lockwood Conservative Club and over the past few years has organised six charity tournaments in his son’s memory.
He said: “The pain never goes away, but Victim Support has been a huge help to us.”
Mr Crawley and his wife, of Leas Avenue, Holmfirth, believe Victim Support is a “forgotten charity”.
They received tremendous help in the days and weeks after Nathan’s murder, and also when the case came to court.
Mrs Crawley said: “They have been wonderful to us over the past four years and we regard the people who helped us as friends.
“No-one realises how much help grieving families can need but Victim Support do so much good work.
“We specifically asked that any money we raised in Nathan’s memory be used to help families who find themselves in the situation we were in.