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When disaster strikes: the specialists in traumatic bereavement and conflict-related trauma

The Peace Foundation and consultant mental health nurse Nikki Lester are helping people with their grief

At lunchtime on Saturday 20 March 1993, two bombs planted by the IRA exploded in Bridge Street, Warrington, with devastating effect. Two children were killed – 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball. More than 50 people were injured.

Slowly, out of the terrible grief that followed, a counterweight to the terrorists’ brutality emerged. Tim’s parents, Colin and Wendy, in an attempt to understand why events rooted in Ireland had cost their son his life, established a charity that would keep alive the names of the two boys.

Now, almost 25 years after the attack, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, based at the Peace Centre in Warrington, plays a vital role in supporting UK survivors of terrorism. And consultant mental health nurse Nikki Lester has become central to that work.

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