HJC Details - Who we are & Why we're here

In this section you can read about some of the past and present members of the HJC - mothers, fathers, brothers, survivors and supporters - their stories in their words and why they continue to struggle for Justice.

There are still very many people affected by Hillsborough . If you are a survivor, we can assist in identifying sources of help and provide a space to talk with people who went through the same experiences.

We still need help to continue the legal struggle, some survivors of the disaster may be able to assist as witnesses in up coming court cases. There are many other ways you can help us and we can help with school projects, research etc.

Quick Find - Contact Us

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign
PO Box 1089
178 Walton Breck Road
Liverpool
L69 4WR
Tel / fax : 0151 2605262

email: hjcshop@tiscali.co.uk

Peter Carney

Pete CarneyPete Carney went to a football match and emerged from "a killing field."

In Pen 3 of the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough , Pete was crushed to such an extent that, "the last thought I had before passing out was that I was lifting myself up above the crowd. I think I was just tilting my head back to get more air, but I was looking down from the clouds on the crowd below and there is this perfect circle of people all closing in on me."

In 1998, nine years on from his near death experience at Hillsborough , Pete Carney was instrumental in the founding of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, to forge links between the survivors of the disaster, like himself, and the families of those who died at Hillsborough .

Pete's article "Justice is a Struggle", set the tone for the campaign, becoming the first leaflet. His work within the group includes counselling other survivors and people, only now eleven years on, coming to terms and opening up about the horror they experienced. And the lack of acknowledgement they have received.

"The survivor's role in the rescue has never been looked at - they were lucky to come out alive, but what they went through as rescuers was never considered. There hasn't been the means to deal with the problems of the 10,000 people in the pens that day."

Contrast this with the compensation handed out to some of the police on duty that day, who did little more than form a security cordon across the halfway line whilst the fans carried out nearly all of the rescue and immediate first aid activities.

Just before the boycott of the away game at Hillsborough by Liverpool supporters in 1999, Pete travelled back to Hillsborough with fellow survivor Stevie Dooling and a TV crew for the award winning Channel One TV documentary film. Despite making such an emotional journey back to the scene of an experience that left him traumatised with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Pete and Stevie were refused permission to enter the ground. They were merely shown the spot where the 'memorial' was to be built - squeezed between a piece of waste strewn riverbank and a pedestrian crossing - nowhere near the Leppings Lane entrance.

Justice is a Struggle, that goes on...

On the day of his close friend and fellow survivor, Alf Langley's death, a South Yorkshire Policeman received 30,000 in compensation for PTSD - Justice My Arse was written by Pete in the days following.