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Stab victim mum's festive invitation

PUBLISHED: 13:10 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

FRIENDS: Carole Martin, Lynne Booker and the same named Lynne Booker.

FRIENDS: Carole Martin, Lynne Booker and the same named Lynne Booker.

THE mother of a 19-year-old victim stabbed to death with a 12-inch carving knife has invited parents to a Christmas remembrance service. Lynne Booker, from Plumstead, and other parents coming to terms with the trauma of bereavement are to meet with the b

THE mother of a 19-year-old victim stabbed to death with a 12-inch carving knife has invited parents to a Christmas remembrance service.

Lynne Booker, from Plumstead, and other parents coming to terms with the trauma of bereavement are to meet with the borough commander and community leaders for a service at St Andrew's Church, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, next Wednesday.

Mrs Booker's son Terry was murdered in Plumstead in November 2000.

His killer Terry Lowe was convicted in 2001 and given a 10-year prison sentence.

Lowe absconded from Hewell prison, North Worcestershire, during a morning roll call on June 7 and was hunted by police before being arrested in Manchester in August.

Nicholas Cole and Thomas Maloney, who also went missing, had already been found.

To help other mothers cope with the grief she felt at losing her own son, Mrs Booker set up the Terry Booker Foundation in 2005.

Next Wednesday's service is open to all parents from Bexley whose children have died, regardless of circumstances. Visitors can place an angel on a Christmas tree of remembrance.

Mrs Booker said: "We no longer get the chance to hug them or give them a kiss, so at the very least we can remember our children in this way.

"When my son was murdered it became a life sentence for us. We've lost our child and we will never be the same people again.

"It's the exclusive club nobody wants to join but there are 150 of us."

Victims' lives will be rejoiced through poems and carols at the service starting at 7pm.

Terry Booker Foundation members meet once a month to share emotional support and offer practical help to mothers in dealing with bereavement. Their helpline number is 07768 373420.

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