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Tragedy of online bullying

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BEING a father and a grandfather I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child.

Over the years I have covered many heart-breaking stories where someone has lost a child, none more so than the tragic death of 16-year-old Julia Derbyshire.

This week Adrian Derbyshire made the difficult decision of sharing photographs of his dying teenage daughter with the world, on what would have been her 18th birthday.

Instead of sharing a glass of champagne with his beautiful daughter he was placing roses on her grave.

She took the decision of ending her own life after being a victim of online bullying which led to mental health issues.

I can’t even begin to imagine the pain Adrian has been going through since that tragic day in October 2015 when he discovered his daughter’s lifeless body in the family home.

But I salute his campaign to raise awareness of teenage suicide, online bullying and mental health issues and will continue to support him.

I am honoured to be a trustee of his new charity and I hope the good people of Warrington will do what they can to help Adrian through these difficult times.

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Adrian Derbyshire and his daughter Julia campaigning together

Adrian Derbyshire and his daughter Julia campaigning together

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Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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