Marie Ellis

Vice Chair

I have been part of SAMM as a support volunteer for 29 years after the murder of my beloved son Alan Hooper who was stabbed in an unprovoked attack in February 1992. I was voted chair of the organisation in 2006. Throughout my years with SAMM I have covered telephone support on the helpline for those who are bereaved through murder or manslaughter.

I am part of the training team giving professionals and relevant agencies insight into the devastation and trauma caused as a result of murder or manslaughter. I survived the early years of terrible grief after the murder of my son by the understanding, love and support given to me by SAMM. To this day SAMM continues to offer that support to those who are in need, in an attempt to ease their burden and help them through their darkest times, supported by people who have walked the same path and understand their needs.