Personal Impact Statements

During August and early September of 2018, we collected written impact statements from those affected in the community.

The purpose of the statements was to tell national government the severity of the impact on those affected. They were collated and handed directly to James Brokenshire, then the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on 5th September 2018.

Here we explain the reasons why it was necessary to gather these statements, present the statements themselves, and report on the alarming common themes that arose from reading them. 

You can also submit your own statement, should you wish to have yours published here. 

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Gathering the statements

Upon the invitation from government for residents and traders to meet the new Secretary of State to tell him of the impacts, a public campaign was launched to gather the statements. We used social media posts which were widely shared, leaflets were created which were printed and distributed amongst many New Ferry shops as well as over 1800 which were hand-delivered to the most proximal residential properties. A number of local radio stations and newspapers were keen to help in getting the message out to as many people as possible, and so widely reported the campaign. 

To be completed

 

Personal Impact Statements

Many of those most severely affected, simply couldn't face the stress of reliving their trauma, so were unable to write a statement - it was and still is simply too difficult for them.

As this site is brand new, we do not yet have many permissions to publish statements. We hope that more permissions and statements will come.

 

If you wrote an impact statement and would like it published here, or if you would like to write one and have it published here, then please do let us know and we will happily add it. You can email to newferryexplosion@gmail.com or use our contact form.

Your statement can remain anonymous if you so wish. 

Statement 1: 

We spend our lifetime watching documentaries and films about disasters and the impact they have on people's lives but never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to happen to my community in New Ferry and Port Sunlight.  The 25th March 2017 started off as a normal Saturday....... Continue reading

More to follow.

 

Common themes highlighted in the impact statements

Prior to handing the personal statements to James Brokenshire, the statements needed to be read to ensure there was no abuse or political anger. As we were talking to people, collecting their photos and reading their statements, we were able to identify many common themes. Given that the number of statements collected was only few (57) considering the number of people impacted, these common themes were alarming, and had to be reported to government.

The most serious issues and common themes that arose from the reading of the personal impact statements were:

Serious debt and severe depression - these two are not mutually exclusive 

• For most, the loss of their homes, their jobs, their livelihoods, their physical and mental well being, has resulted in enormous personal debt as a direct result of the explosion.
• All of the victims are bearing the significant financial costs of this disaster.
• All of the children impacted by the explosion have suffered long term psychological difficulties, resulting in extreme stress for the children and their families.
• A great many of the victims are still under GP and / or psychiatric care and are on anti depressants as a result of the explosion.

Anonymised excepts from the statements have been published in the full report on the scale of the explosion, and are also shown below. Click each one to view full size.

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Send an impact statement

How were you, your families, your friends, your businesses, your lives affected by the explosion?
Every person in a family or shop etc has their own individual story.

Say everything you want to say... don't forget anything! But NO abusive language whatsoever or political anger. We will not be able to publish your statement if you did these. Only genuine impact statements will be published. Please, just tell us, and the world, how you were impacted. No impact is too small, and there is no word limit.

Your name and email address will not be published. Only the information you give in the short-term and long-term impact fields below will be published. So if you do wish to have your name and details shown in your statement, such as your address or place of work on 25th March 2017, then make sure to write them in the fields below. 

SHORT TERM IMPACT

(the immediate effect the explosion had on you - maybe you lost your home temporarily or permanently, or you had damage to your property, or you were responsible for rehousing those who lost their homes. Maybe you had to care for those who were affected, or you were a volunteer giving assistance. Or maybe you had damage to your business property, or had to relocate or cease trading altogether. Maybe you gave help: financially, materially, physically or emotionally to those affected by the explosion. It could be any number of ways that you were impacted at that time, ways that aren’t mentioned here. These are all valid and important impacts)

LONG TERM IMPACT

(the impact that the explosion had on your life – e.g. your health, your home, your family, your finances, your career, your business – how has your future changed as a result of the explosion)

 

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