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Family of murdered PC Nicola Hughes launch memorial fund in her name

Pc Nicola Hughes Photo: Greater Manchester Police

The father of murdered policewoman Nicola Hughes has spoken of his determination to help other bereaved families as he prepares to launch a new charity.

Describing his family’s heartache nearly two years on, her dad Bryn told the Manchester Evening News: “We are coping bit by bit.

“You can have a good day, you can have a good week - then a dreadful week. There are so many reminders.

“If we had lost her in a car crash or to illness, there would be some reason behind that.

“Losing Nicola the way we did, it is much harder to explain to yourself.”

Now he has vowed to make sure no family has to go through the same agony alone by setting up the Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

It will support children and young people who have lost a parent or loved one to build a brighter future by providing funding and support for education and employment opportunities.

Bryn, 50, said: “I think children are the ones who need the support most.

“My son, Sam, was 20 at the time and I’ve seen how it affected him.

“When they are in that position in life, trying to sort their careers out, they could so easily just turn around and give up.”

It could be helping them to secure a university place or to fund it, or a simple thing like passing a driving test to help them get a job.

A family’s income will be cut in half or more if they lose a parent - even something little like shoes or a school uniform might make all the difference.

It won’t bring their mum or dad back but I think it will show that people care about them.

– Bryn Hughes on how the memorial fund will help others.

Granada Reports travelled with Bryn to the Arctic where he took part in a marathon at the North Pole to raise money.

Watch our reports and find out more about the memorial fund.

Bryn Hughes ahead of his marathon at the North Pole Credit: ITV News