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Charity steps in to save fundraising event in honour of murdered Glasgow woman

 

Moira’s Run raises funds for The Moira Fund, and has been running for nine years. 

A Glasgow-based charity set up in honour of a woman murdered in a city park has confirmed it has received funding to continue for another year. 

Moira's Run raises funds for The Moira Fund, set up following the rape and murder of Moira Jones.

In 2008, 40-year-old Moira was abducted just yards from her flat and forced into Queen’s Park at knifepoint, where she was raped and suffocated. 

Moira’s mother Bea, along with her husband, went on to set up the Fund to help others bereaved by murder. 

Earlier this summer the charity warned that the flagship running event may have to be virtual only going forward, following a withdrawal of funding from the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. 

But another charity - Victim Support Scotland - has since confirmed it will step in and ensure the event can go ahead. 

Kate Wallace, chief executive of Victim Support Scotland (VSS), told the Herald: "VSS has a long-standing relationship with the Moira Fund. 

"It was through them that we established  our Supporting Families Bereaved by Crime Service, and so it seemed natural for us to cement that by sponsoring the Moira Run. 

"We share the values, ethos and dedication to supporting people when faced with the most difficult times in their lives. 

"VSS is grateful to the Moira Fund for their support with our Support for Families Bereaved by Crime Service – a specialist service for people affected by murder or culpable homicide. 

"Bea’s commitment, energy and compassion is an inspiration to me and the families we support."

The Moira Fund Makes grants to individuals referred through official organisations, the Police and Victim Support, and to charities which care for families who have lost a loved one through murder or manslaughter.

The charity is wholly dependent on unpaid volunteers and fundraising, with around 1000 people having been supported in the past nine years. 

A statement from Moira’s Fund reads: "It is anticipated that this may well be the last Moira’s Run in Queen's Park, Glasgow, and we may have to consider moving to a virtual event only next year.

"Moira’s Run has been hugely popular with the people of Glasgow, and it’s also been extensively supported by those travelling from afar.

"We have so appreciated that and we don’t want it to be any different because this, our tribute to Moira, has meant so much to so many - the local south side community, those families who have lost a loved one through murder, the hundreds participating, our many supporters, and to each and every one of us at The Moira Fund."

A spokesperson for the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit told the Herald: "We have been pleased to assist Moira’s Run since 2014 with both funding and staff support.

"At the start of this year we confirmed with race organisers The Moira Fund that due to cost and resource pressures, which are being felt across the public sector, we would unfortunately be unable to provide any further funding for this event.

"We hope this now well established run continues to go from strength to strength."

 

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