Cumbria shootings memorial fund is set up

Mourners gathered at a service in Whitehaven earlier this week
Image caption Mourners have gathered at services throughout the week

A memorial fund has been set up to help individuals and the communities affected by the Cumbria shootings.

Derrick Bird killed 12 people and wounded 11 as he drove across a 45-mile area from Whitehaven to Boot on 2 June, before killing himself.

The fund is being co-ordinated by the Cumbria Community Foundation which also set up the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund after the November floods last year.

The fund was set up after people began donating money to help those affected.

Andy Beeforth, director of the Cumbria Community Foundation, said charities supporting victims and their families also contacted them requesting that a special fund be established.

He said: "People do want to give and it is important that they have the opportunity to do so."

Royal visit

He said the Cumbria Community Memorial Fund would support individuals and communities in need.

The first meeting of the committee, which has been drawn from the affected community, will happen next week.

He said the foundation had reviewed best practice from similar relief charities set up after the Dunblane disaster in 1996 and the London bombings in 2005.

Derrick Bird's twin brother and the family's solicitor were among those who died.

On Friday Prince Charles visited West Cumberland hospital, where victims of the shootings were treated.

He has said he was "utterly devastated" by the killings and had heartfelt sympathy for those whose lives had been torn apart in what he called "brutally tragic circumstances".

Mourners have gathered across Cumbria at special memorial services to remember those killed in the tragedy.

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