Victim Support helps families after Tunisian massacre


A charity has offered help to people affected by Tunisian beach massacre.

Victim Support has set up a 24 hour helpline to help victims and witnesses of the attack.

John and Janet Stocker were among those who were killed.

Their grandson Samuel Stocker, from Crawley, started a social media campaign to find them which went viral.

The Stocker family said in a statement: “They were both young at heart and enjoyed all that life could offer, and especially enjoyed travelling to new places, exploring and appreciating local cultures, and they died together doing what they enjoyed most; sunbathing side by side.”

Maralyn Smith local manager for Victim Support in Sussex, said: “It’s been one month since this appalling attack and we know from previous major incidents that some people do not immediately recognise the trauma they have suffered.

“Anybody concerned about what they may have witnessed or experienced in Tunisia can still speak to our specially trained staff free and in confidence.

“We will provide these people with emotional support now and in the future, or refer them to other avenues of support if they require more specialist help.”

A spokesman added: “To date, the charity has supported 26 victims and witnesses of the attack with trauma counselling and practical support, but many times more British holiday makers who were there on the day may still need help.

“People who call 0808 28 111 36 will receive free and confidential emotional support and signposting to other forms of help as appropriate.

“Bereaved family members will be able to access support from the charity’s Homicide Service via their Police Family Liaison Officer or via the Foreign Office.”

Thirty eight people were killed in the attack by Islamic State at the resort of Port El Kantaoui.

A national minute’s silence to remember the 30 Britons killed was held at noon on July 3.

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