Support available for people affected by Forbury Gardens attack

Helps is at hand from local charities in the wake of the tragedy that saw three men lose their lives on June 20.
Reading Together webpage

Local people affected by the Forbury Gardens attack can get help from a range of agencies.

Three friends – Wokingham teacher James Furlong, David Wails, a scientist working in Reading, and Joe Ritchie-Bennett, originally from the US – were stabbed in the town centre gardens on Saturday June 20.

A 25-year-old man has been charged by counter terrorism police with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The victims were reported to be regulars at The Blagrave, a pub popular with Reading’s LGBT+ community, not far from Forbury Gardens.

Local support organisations 

No5 Young People (A Reading mental health charity): Text TALK, followed by your first name to 07786 202430 to arrange a time to talk

Reading Together: a new information and support website set up by Reading Borough Council, which has a full directory of support organisations and an online book of condolences

The Samaritans in Reading: Call 116 123

SupportU (Reading’s LGBT+ charity): 0118 321 9111

Victims First (A free support service for crime victims in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire): Call 0300 1234 148

An online vigil was held on Saturday 27 April, 7pm, the time of the attacks the previous Saturday, to bring people together to light a candle on their doorstep or put a light or candle in their window and to stand in solidarity with #ReadingTogether.

Reading Borough Council Leader Jason Brock said: “There is an overwhelming sense of grief within the Reading community about last Saturday’s tragic events. The Council and public are united in their desire to mourn the victims and appropriately remember them.”