Darwen: College student caught in terror attack helps organize peace conference

A UNIVERSITY student who was seriously injured in the Westminster Bridge terror attack helped organize a peace conference, bringing together survivors of terrorism from around the world.

Travis Frain of Darwen, a third-year political history student at Edge Hill University, was on a study trip to Parliament in March 2017 when he was hit by a car deliberately driving over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge .

He suffered multiple serious injuries and required surgery, remaining in hospital in London for eight days.

After recovering, he found support from the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, a charity for victims of terrorism set up by the families of the two children killed in the IRA bombing in Warrington 25 years ago.

Now a volunteer Trustee of the Foundation, Travis hopes the “Survivors for Peace” conference on September 21 – the United Nations’ International Day of Peace – will give people the opportunity to share their experiences and launch a global network of survivors who will make campaign and work for freedom, justice and peace.

Mr Frain said: “After the attack I found that the Peace Foundation was the only thing in place to support me and my family.

“I became a director to give something back and I am delighted to have the chance to raise awareness of the charity through events such as survivors for peace.”

The conference, co-hosted by One World Strong, an organization set up by survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, will feature a number of key speakers, including the Deputy US Ambassador to the UK, Lew Lukens, and Dr Idit Albert, Head of Trauma Psychology for Terrorist Incidents at NHS London.

Travis added: “The conference is primarily aimed at people affected by terrorism, but we believe professionals who support survivors of violent conflict, the media and the general public will also find it interesting and valuable.”

The Peace Foundation was established in 1995 to provide free practical and emotional support to those affected by terrorism.

In 2016, Edge Hill University awarded Colin and Wendy Parry honorary doctorates for their efforts in promoting peace and community education following a family tragedy.

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