‘I’m absolutely disgusted... We are on our own’: Tavis’s stepmother hits out at lack of funding

Stepmother of Tavis Spencer - Aitkens, Helen Forbes speaking at the press conference Picture: SARAH

Stepmother of Tavis Spencer - Aitkens, Helen Forbes speaking at the press conference Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Helen Forbes is the co-founder of the new youth club at Nansen Road Baptist Church and stepmother of murdered Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens.

Reacting to the lack of funding, Ms Forbes said: "I absolutely agree with Tim Passmore and I am just as upset as he is about this.

"Our youth club is still reaching out for funding. If I had gone down this route of asking for funding from the government I would still be reaching out for funding.

"The PCC and police know we are in trouble with county lines - even the judge in Tavis's case said that this was something waiting to happen.

"When we opened our doors for the youth club we never expected there to be so many children. I had 15 children turn up to register with us.


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"One parent told me it is a shame this club wasn't here before, because it might have made the difference for someone like Tavis.

"I can't say if it would have made the difference, but I know the authorities weren't here before and they're not here now."

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