Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Honour for Hillsborough campaigner

Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, who died earlier this year, is to be honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony (PA)

A staunch Hillsborough campaigner for justice who died earlier this year is to be honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

Anne Williams, 62, fought tirelessly to overturn an inquest verdict of accidental death against her 15-year-old son Kevin, who was one of 96 fans who died in the 1989 tragedy.

She had hoped to be there in person to see that verdict changed at next year's inquests into the deaths, but died of cancer in April.

The Helen Rollason Award will be accepted on her behalf by her daughter Sara, son Michael, and brother Danny, during Sunday's live show in Leeds to be screened on BBC One.

The award is presented in memory of the BBC presenter who died in 1999 from cancer at the age of 43 and honours outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.

Mrs Williams became a key spokeswoman for the Hillsborough families in calling for successive governments to re-examine evidence and apply for a new inquest.

The original verdicts were quashed by the High Court last December following the damning report into the events of 1989 by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Her daughter Sara said: "My mum embodied the very reason this award was created; strength, determination and passion. Her tireless campaigning was driven by the love she had for her son Kevin and her dedication to seeking a new inquest. If anyone triumphed over adversity, it's my mum."

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