Help group is to be set up in the North

Survivor Lisa French is set to help establish a support group in the North for people affected by the 7/7 atrocities.

Survivor Lisa French is set to help establish a support group in the North for people affected by the 7/7 atrocities.

The July 7 Assistance Group has been helping those left devastated by the attack - those who lost loved ones and survivors - but meetings have been concentrated in the capital.

Now the group, who are managed by voluntary organisation Brent Bereavement Services, are hoping to expand their service to help those living outside London and are hoping to create a group in the North.

Yesterday, Lisa French said she hoped to become involved.

She said: "I've spoken to a few survivors, but the support groups are mainly in London, which can make it difficult for people in the rest of the country. July 7 Assistance are now looking to set up a group in the North.

"When I spoke to them six weeks ago they were hopeful of getting it established before the anniversary, but when I called last week they said it would have to be after.

"But I do think I'll go down and get involved."

The 31-year-old knows first hand how beneficial meeting people with shared experiences can be.

She said: "It can make it a lot more comfortable to be with people who have been through similar experiences.

"Sometimes people look at me as if to say, `How do you cope?' but everyone has their own personal challenges.

"I know people who have cancer and I think that must be much harder, but it's about dealing with the things you have experienced.

"I just feel incredibly lucky to be alive - I have done ever since I woke up on the bus."

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