OLLIE’s Founders are three very different individuals. Successful and loving parents in their own ways their lives have been changed forever following the the loss of their children. Here they express, in their own words, what OLLIE means to them.
Stuart’s son Morgan took his own life when he was just 15 years old.
In Stuart’s words...
“Morgan was the sweetest boy you could meet. He didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body. I was so excited to see what the future held for him. When Morgan died everything changed and life seemed pointless. Disbelief surrounds everything you do and small tasks become incredibly difficult. There’s not a lot of joy in my life now, it’s difficult to take pleasure from the same things I used to.
This whole tragedy has left an enormous gap in my life that I will never be able to fill. It’s left me with the desire to do something, anything to prevent other parents from having to go through what Chris, Jane and I have.
I’m fortunate that I’m able to do something with OLLIE.”
Jane's son took his own life at the age of 19 years old.
In Jane’s words...
"Chris was an amazing friend to so many and he was always out to help others. Whether someone had dropped their keys down the drain, needed a lift or just needed someone to talk to, Chris was that person. At fifteen whilst cycling to work, he spotted a man who had crashed on a dual carriageway. As other drivers sped narrowly by, Chris, without thinking, went to the rescue! He helped move the man’s car off the dual carriage way to avoid the possibility of another accident happening and then contacted the emergency services. He then got back on his bike and carried on to work. It was only later that evening that he unassumingly told my husband Brian and myself what he had done. That was Chris all over.
Since he left us, the world has not only changed for me, but also for my family and friends –and it will never be the same again. Through OLLIE, if I can help to stop this happening to any other family, I will."
Chris’ son TJ took his own life when he was just 16 years of age.
In Chris’ words...
"TJ was a young man who always put others before himself. He had an informed willingness to help others and listen to their troubles. Exactly the kind of friend that all of us would want in our lives – and I’m sure that the world would definitely be a better place with him in it.
TJ had his whole life in front of him, but now all that’s left are thoughts of what should have been. What would he have become? What would he have achieved? When the initial all-encompassing numbness starts to pass, then reality really hits and you realise that the void left is permanent.
This void can never be filled and I’m not sure it will ever diminish. However, if I am able to do anything to stop others going through this then OLLIE is my chance."