THE friends and colleagues of murdered Blackpool nurse Jane Clough have raised £1,000 to help rape victims.
Jane’s parents John and Penny Clough presented the money - raised by staff past and present at Blackpool Victoria – to national charity Rape Crisis.
The Blackpool accident and emergency nurse was brutally stabbed to death by her ex-partner Jonathan Vass after he had been released on bail awaiting a rape trial.
Vass, an ambulance technician, had been charged with raping Miss Clough nine times and also faced four charges of assault when he killed her in the car park of Blackpool Victoria Hospital as the mum-of-one arrived for her shift.
Mr and Mrs Clough, who have fought to change bail law since their daughter since she died, said they were honoured to present the cheque to help others.
Mr Clough said: “We presented a cheque for a donation to rape crisis, that resulted from a collection and an auction at a ball for Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff.
“The cheque was for £1,000, and we were honoured to be able to present such a fantastic amount from Jane’s friends and colleagues at the hospital.
“We would like to pass our thanks to everyone who contributed to this in Jane’s memory.”
Mr and Mrs Clough have taken their fight for bail reform to the House of Lords through The Gazette-backed Justice for Jane campaign.
The proposal to give the crown prosecution service chance to appeal judges’ bail decisions has received cross-party backing.
All that remains is for the bail amendment to be given Royal Assent so it can be made into law.
The ball was organised by a former employee at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was attended by many of Miss Clough’s friends and former colleagues.
Mr and Mrs Clough handed the cheque to Jo Wood, treasurer of Rape Crisis, which has supported victims of rape for many years.
Mr Clough added: “We are proud to have her drive and support behind Justice for Jane she spoke at our conference in Blackpool last year.”
The couple have been invited to speak at Blackpool’s domestic violence strategy launch at the Hilton Hotel on March 19. Speakers will also include Coun Sarah Riding and Blackpool police officers Det Chief Insp Brian Quinn and Det Insp Tony Baxter.