Ennobled in 2010, she is the first campaigner from an ordinary background to be so honoured for the impact she has had on society, through personal tragedy.
Helen describes herself as ‘just a normal married woman from a working class background’. She is the mother of three lovely young daughters who are being brought up with a strong moral code and community values.
But her life was turned upside down by the street killing of her husband of 21 years, in 2007. More poignant was that Garry Newlove had beaten cancer twice only to die in a pool of blood, murdered in an unprovoked street attack outside his own home.
The crime horrified a nation, its shock waves provoking a tsunami of debate and anecdotal evidence of youth ‘yob behaviour and drink bingeing’ which coined the phrase ‘Broken Britain’ and was a major reason for the Conservatives coming to power.
Helen’s emotional statement after the trial touched hearts and she became a household name overnight. She has spoken to police, politicians, Prime Ministers, always in simple honesty, without guile or hidden agenda.
Her championing of bereaved families and the way they are treated by the judicial system and society is ongoing. But Garry and Helen Newlove was, and are, down to earth, humorous, earthy with a love of life and laughter that even this tragedy has not tarnished.
Helen enjoys a laugh and remembers all the practical jokes her larger than life husband liked to play.
Time spent in her company invokes admiration, affection, and a reinforcement that the human spirit is capable of great achievements, conquering adversity to triumph, good over evil.
An inspirational speaker in the true sense of the overused word.
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Helen is a moving and inspiring speaker and is writing a book on her experiences so she can continue to campaign to improve our streets and make UK communities safer places to live in.