MESSAGE READ ON BEHALF OF EILEEN FAIRWEATHER at the White Flowers Vigil, 4th October 2014
I have thought of something I would like to say. I think it would be empowering and comforting for survivors to know that there were adults who cared for and stood up for them, or tried to. i would like the victimized good Whistle-Blowers staff backed, for example Ivy Gale who worked at 114 Grosvenor Avenue and was sacked after raising her concerns about the children who were taken away for week ends by Rabet. And of course, Neville Mighty, who was not just sacked but was framed, and was himself maliciously, papally, falsely accused by management of inappropriate behavior. While the real perpetrators were free to rape children, an innocent man was hounded for allegedly stroking a girl’s knee, which she herself denied to The Standard that he ever did. He had only, she admitted, ever been caring and protective and had always gone the further mile to help the children here.
It took him seven years to prove his innocence and to be cleared again to practice as a social worker. The managers who framed him and ignored the plight of the children in this building have never been questioned or brought to justice.
There were others who took great risks to get out the truth and who still can’t be named, both social services and police officers, specially about this home and the cruel men in charge.
One former Detective Constable Peter Cook of the CambridgeshirePolice, who investigated the powerful pedophile ring that led to this building was also barred from investigating further and was forcibly shut up. He bravely blew the whistle to The Standard and finally went on the record about this in 2008.
The ring that he has identified has still not properly been investigated either.
And of course, Liz Davies who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to encourage all the other whistleblowers and to liaise with the media. It may seem now that Liz has been out from the start, but no she did not reveal her identity until 2003 when outraged at the appointment of Margaret Hodge as Britain’s first Children’s Minister she finally spoke up publicly.
Others who risked their careers and secretly helped the Children here, will now be retired. Now we hope that they too will dare to come forward and finally be heard. The children were less alone than they felt and feared, though even the adults who genuinely fought for them and cared for them were side-lined, sacked, threatened and silenced. Now at last we can all come together and be heard. I have written this from the heart.