Family of murdered Lancashire teen raise money for Trust’s SAFE centre
The family of 16 year old Sasha Marsden, who was sexually assaulted and murdered earlier this year, have raised money for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination) centre.
The College student, from Blackpool had previously used the service before she died in January.
The Lancashire SAFE Centre provides forensic examinations, signposts to counselling and comprehensive support services for women, men and children of all ages who make a complaint of rape or sexual assault.
It is the country's first purpose-built centre combining forensic and medical care for complainants of rape and sexual assault and opened at Royal Preston Hospital in July 2002.
The Centre offers services to all individuals of Lancashire and is a joint initiative between the Royal Preston Hospital and Lancashire Constabulary.
Sasha’s family decided to use donations given at her funeral along with money raised from other fundraising events such as a sky dive, rounders match and a darts competition, to make the centre more comfortable for people who are using the service. The money will also be used to buy personal alarms. More than two thousand pounds was raised in total.
Sue Hesketh, SAFE Centre Manager said: “We are so grateful to Sasha’s family for their kind donation and the equipment they have bought will make a real difference to the people who come to our centre.”