Suzy Evans: How I learned to embrace the media

When Suzy Evans and her son Owen found themselves in the full glare of a worldwide media spotlight after three of their loved ones were killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia, inevitably they were unprepared for such intense, agonising attention. Six years on, they now say they’ve learned how the media can be a force for good. That’s because of their mission since – raising awareness of Smile For Joel, the charity they launched in memory of Joel, Patrick and Adrian to help other families torn apart by murder and violence. Here Suzy talks about that steep and emotional learning …

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Owen and Suzy with store manager Richard Kirk. Picture by Carol Bailey

Currys staff raise thousands for Smile For Joel

Staff at Currys in Wednesbury have raised £2,000 to help the Smile For Joel charity after a year in which donations plunged. The staff held various events, including cake and samosa sales and there were collection boxes at the tills. Suzy Evans, from Smile For Joel, said she was delighted with the donation, which was particularly welcome after fundraising was hit by the pandemic. She said: “We are overwhelmed with the support we have been given by Currys at Junction 9. They have not only been fundraising for us, they have also donated very generous raffle prizes. They are so …

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Owen facing fears with Jump For Joel

A Black Country man is preparing to jump out of a plane at 10,000ft in memory of his brother, uncle and grandad who were killed in the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia. Owen Richards is joining a group of other fundraisers to take part in Jump For Joel in July. The group will include members of other families who also lost their loved ones in Tunisia, who are coming from across the UK to take part. They are raising money for Smile For Joel, the charity set by Owen and his mum Suzy after the attack in Tunisia that saw 38 …

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