Campaigning news collective, 4WardEverUK, has launched a new website to raise both awareness and funds for an initiative inspired by Mikey Powell, who died in police custody on 7th September 2003.
Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali said; “This fund has the potential to make a real difference for families and their campaign groups that need financial support during the often long and drawn out struggles for justice that can last for decades.
“The needs of affected families and children often get lost in the equally important work of campaigning and lobbying of state institutions. We want to change that with a permanent national fund set up specifically for their needs.“
Tippa Naphtali, the cousin of Mikey Powell (who died in the custody of West Midlands Police in September 2003) and founder of campaigning news group 4WardEverUK, has issued the latest update on changes to the National Family Fund appeal and strategy from April 2018.
Tippa said; “Following further discussions with Ken Fero of the United Families & Friends Campaign / UFFC, we have decided to maintain monthly or one-off donations to the National Family Fund. Although donations have not yet peaked as we hoped, we felt it incumbent on us to maintain the drive so the original aims of this fund may be realized.
We are pleased to announce that the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) and 4WardEver UK were among the many beneficiaries of the Edge Fund Round 5 Grants. See the full listing here >
The Edge Fund have awarded £1,000 to UFFC and £1,500 to 4WardEver for a series of events for young people affected by custody deaths and the Red Alert online support desk to upgrade its facilities.
UFFC, 4WardEver UK and other collaborators are planning two events (London and Birmingham). The events will give a rare platform to young people who have lost relatives in custody to speak about their experiences, and put forward recommendations to the campaigning community for services / support needed by children and young people.