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Selfless dads who are living proof that not all heroes wear capes

On Father’s Day it is worth celebrating the dads who have proven with their actions that not all heroes wear capes.

These dads went above and beyond their parental duties and sprung into action to help others.

From a dad who saved a man threatening to jump off a bridge on the M62, to another who dived into a lake to save a distressed dog these men are to be applauded.

READ MORE: Merseyside towns and villages that will be underwater by 2050[1]

Here we take a look at just a few examples of dads who made their families and the city proud.

And if you do want to nominate your dad and tell us a little bit about why they are so great – get in touch in the comments![2]

Quick thinking lorry driver dad

Quick thinking Tom Birkett parked his truck under a bridge a man was threatening to jump off.

The 35-year-old was driving on the M62 near Warrington last week when he spotted someone sitting on the edge of a bridge with their legs dangling over the edge.[3]

The married dad-of-three slowed down as he approached – and managed to park his 44-tonne tipper truck directly underneath where the man was sitting.[4]

His Mercedes truck was also fitted with a canvas over the tipper, providing it with a soft top and essentially creating a net for the man to fall into, although luckily it was not needed.

Tom Birkett and his lorry
Tom Birkett and his lorry (Image: Tom Birkett / SWNS.COM)

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I was coming up to bridge when I clocked there were three people on it.

“As I got closer I could see that the lad was sat on the wrong side of the barrier.[5]

“I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something here, this lad’s going to jump off’.”

Tom then put his hazard lights on and began weaving his truck in order to notify other motorists there was a problem ahead.

He added: “I don’t know what clicked in my head but it suddenly dawned on me that I could help.

“I lined the truck up with the lad so the front of the trailer was underneath him.”

When Tom arrived, on June 8, police were already on the scene, including two officers on the bridge who were speaking to the man.

A short time later, a negotiator arrived and, according to Tom, spent around 45 mins talking to the man before he brought himself to safety.

Dad jumps in lake to save dog

Ste Cotton was hailed a “hero” and gave his family a good laugh in the process after jumping in a lake to save his beloved pet dog.

Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-year-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake at Walton Hall Park.

Trudy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel[6] found herself in freezing cold water seconds later and was unable to pull herself out.

It was at that point owner, Ste, 48, jumped in the ice cold water to rescue his beloved family pet.

Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake
Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake

In a video of the incident, Ste, a former lifeguard, wearing only jeans and a t-shirt is seen carrying Trudy on his shoulder as his stepdaughter and onlookers break out in a fit of hysterical laughter.

Speaking to the ECHO[7], Helen Cotton, Ste’s wife and Trudy’s owner described the incident as a shock.

She said: “Me and my husband go walking everyday as part of our daily exercise. Trudy has never ever gone near a lake so we were quite shocked.

Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-month-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake. 
Helen and Ste Cotton were out on their daily walk with their 11-month-old family pet, Trudy when she somehow made her way to the middle of the frozen lake. 

She went over and had a sniff herself, realised it was hard so that she could walk on the ice and just ran off into the middle of the lake.

“As you can imagine as soon as she got to the middle the ice just collapsed so she went in. She wasn’t big enough to break the ice to make her way back so she was stuck.

Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake
Ste Cotton save his dog Trudy from Walton Hall Park lake

Helen added: “It was the look of realisation on Ste’s face when he was going to have to go in. It was the funniest thing. He just looked as if to say ‘I’ve got to go in here’.

“If Ste hadn’t of gone and got her she wouldn’t have got out, she couldn’t get anywhere, she couldn’t break the ice. He’s my hero.”

Dad on Universal Credit spent lockdown helping elderly neighbour

Kenneth Ludbrook was crowned a local legend for his selfless efforts in lockdown.

Two years ago, Kenneth Ludbrook, 64, from Knowsley[8], suffered an injury following a road accident which meant he had to undergo an operation on his back and now finds it difficult to move around.

But in spite of this, throughout the pandemic the hero dad stepped up to help his 81-year-old neighbour Marlene Lewis, giving her regular lifts to church and hospital appointments, as well as delivering her weekly shopping.

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The dad, who at the time relied on Universal Credit, said it was “important that we all look after one another and keep a lookout for those nearby that may be lonely and in need of support.”

And for his efforts Kenneth was crowned Liverpool’s Local Legend and was also praised for his selfless efforts by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Kenneth said: “Marlene is such a sweet lady and has had a real hard time over the past few years.

Kenneth Lodbrook
Kenneth Lodbrook

“She is two and a half years in remission from breast cancer and sadly lost her husband two years ago so she doesn’t have many people around to look in on her. My daughter wasn’t able to take her to church one weekend so I stepped in and I’ve been helping her out ever since.

“It’s important that we all look after one another and keep a lookout for those nearby that may be lonely and in need of support during this tough time.

“There are so many people like Marlene in the UK that need our help so help out in any way that you can.”

Marlene nominated Kenneth for Virgin Media’s Local Legends competition, which recognises those who have made a significant contribution to their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dad stops driver getting parking ticket

Colin Spark from St Helens[10] stepped in when he saw a parking warden about to give a driver a ticket.

The dad was out Christmas[11] shopping on Saturday, December 6 2020 when he spotted wardens patrolling a car park.

He was about to drive off[12] when he saw one of the attendants taking down the details of a silver Ford.

Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a 'hero' after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants
Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a ‘hero’ after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants (Image: Colin Spark)

The 33-year-old HGV mechanic said: “When I was going back to my car, I saw the wardens take a picture of the car not far away from mine.

“We got in the car and as I was driving off I noticed he was talking to another parking attendant.

“I stopped my car and asked them if I could give them my ticket to stop them getting a fine.

“They both looked at each other for a minute and said, okay, as it’s Christmas.”

After the kind gesture the dad took to Facebook and wrote that the driver of the car surely “owed him a pint” now.

Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a 'hero' after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants
Colin Spark from St Helens has been dubbed a ‘hero’ after he posted about saving a motorist from a certain fine from parking attendants (Image: Colin Spark)

He wrote: “If this is your car you owe me a pint, you were about to get a parking ticket today and I asked the parking attendants if I could give you my ticket to save you getting a fine and they said ‘why it’s Christmas yes…’

“It was a beautiful moment.

“I’m pretty sure an old lady that was walking past shed a tear of pure gratitude, and a family walking past said it was the nicest thing they’ve ever seen anyone do, the ticket only cost me £1 though and I’d already used it so I didn’t need it anymore… it was still dead nice of me though [thumbs up emoji] merry Christmas x”

Dad gives up free time to help struggling kids

A kind-hearted dad Lee Anson used his spare time refurbishing laptops for struggling school children.

Lee Anson helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools in just 10 days across the region and has no plan to slow down.

The network administrator spent his free time fixing laptops while juggling two children and his full-time job.

Lee Anson, helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools over the last 10 days across
Lee Anson, helped supply 90 devices to 18 schools over the last 10 days across (Image: Submitted)

He said he was frustrated at the government’s efforts to help pupils out with home learning during lockdown.

Lee, 31, from Saughall Massie[13] started out with a small Facebook page appealing for help, but was stunned by the huge response after first donation to St. Pauls Primary School.

Afghanistan veteran Lee, who served in the Royal Corps of Signals between 2007 and 2014, spends his mornings, lunch breaks and evenings working on the devices that can take up to an hour to fix.

After watching the news and seeing the government merely ‘scratch the surface’, it left him thinking “what can I do?”.

Lee said: “Being a Wirral lad, I thought what can I do to help the community? And what I do day-to-day is IT.

“I thought that if I get computers in it is easy enough for me to fix them up, get them going and from there I can get them out to schools. Even if it is just that little bit.

“Since then, I have been contacted by Wirral Council and they are getting involved now.

“I have only been doing this for 10 days now and from lunchtime today there will 90 devices in the hands of families who need them. It was just a case of I need to do something, what can I do?”

He said: “When we first put the picture up of the donations to St. Pauls primary school, the very first one, after that it sky rocketed.

“When you see people asking for stuff on Facebook you sometimes think it is a scam, but once they saw they were actually going to the schools it kind of just rocketed in that one day and it just took off massively.”

You can contact Lee or donate your old laptops via his Facebook page here.[14]

References

  1. ^ Merseyside towns and villages that will be underwater by 2050 (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ get in touch in the comments! (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ over the edge. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ man was sitting. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ the barrier. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  6. ^ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  7. ^ ECHO (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  8. ^ Knowsley (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  9. ^ Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  10. ^ St Helens (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  11. ^ Christmas (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  12. ^ drive off (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  13. ^ from Saughall Massie (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  14. ^ via his Facebook page here. (www.facebook.com)

Dappy Saves Man’s Life After Talking Him Down From Tower Bridge

Dappy[1] helped save a man’s life after talking him down from the edge of Tower Bridge.

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The former N-Dubz star had been filming a new music video nearby in London[2] when he spotted police talking to the distressed individual.

According to reports, the 27-year-old man said he was a huge fan and asked officers for a few minutes to have a chat with Dappy, 34.

Amazingly, the man eventually agreed to step away from the edge and was taken to St Thomas’ hospital.

It’s understood that he has since been released and has reached out to Dappy to thank him for saving his life.

Credit: imanie.uk/Instagram
Credit: imanie.uk/Instagram

A source told The Sun[3]: “Dappy was filming his new music video around Tower Bridge, but saw loads of police cars and ambulances dotted around.

“The bridge got closed off, and police asked him to leave the area.

“As he was walking away, Dappy heard this young guy shouting his name and waving frantically as he was perched precariously in an arch directly over the Thames.

“After telling a constable he was a fan, Dappy was invited under the cordon to try.

“They spent about ten minutes talking, and Dappy was amazing. He told him life was beautiful, and that things would get better basically.

“As a result, the guy let medics climb up and help get him off. After being hospitalised, he was released on Thursday and reached out to DM Dappy, thanking him profusely.

“The guy’s sister also sent a heartfelt message. Dappy’s been an absolute hero.”

Credit: Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds
Credit: Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds

A distressing image released recently showed a man sat over the edge of a bridge on the M62.

However, when the driver spotted the man up ahead, he parked his vehicle on the hard shoulder, right beneath him, stopping him from jumping.

Since the picture was shared online, people have praised the driver for his actions.

Writing on social media, one user said: “Well done to that lorry driver. Hope the person on the bridge gets the help they need.”

Echoing these sentiments, another commented: “Trucker is a good human and deserves the utmost respect.”

UOKM8? is a campaign by LADbible, featuring films and stories that provide advice and inspiration on mental health. Explore more here and don’t suffer in silence. Let’s talk mental health.[4]

References

  1. ^ Dappy (www.ladbible.com)
  2. ^ London (www.ladbible.com)
  3. ^ The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)
  4. ^ Explore more here (www.ladbible.com)

Lorry driver who parked under M62 bridge to stop man falling speaks out

A lorry driver who was hailed as a hero after parking his truck under a bridge to stop a man from falling believes what he did was ‘blown out of proportion’.

Tom Birkett, 35, was driving on the M62 near Warrington[1] last week when he spotted someone sitting[2] on the edge of a bridge with their legs dangling over the edge.

The married dad-of-three slowed down as he approached – and managed to park his 44-tonne tipper truck directly underneath where the man was sitting[3].

His Mercedes truck was also fitted with a canvas over the tipper, providing it with a soft top and essentially creating a net for the man to fall into, although luckily it was not needed.

Top story: Warrington daughter speaks of heartache of hearing mum has incurable cancer[4]

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I was coming up to bridge when I clocked there were three people on it.

“As I got closer I could see that the lad was sat on the wrong side of the barrier.

“I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something here, this lad’s going to jump off.”

Tom then put his hazard lights on and began weaving his truck in order to notify other motorists there was a problem ahead.

He added: “I don’t know what clicked in my head but it suddenly dawned on me that I could help.

“I lined the truck up with the lad so the front of the trailer was underneath him.”

When Tom arrived, on June 8, police[5] were already on the scene, including two officers on the bridge who were speaking to the man.

A short time later, a negotiator arrived and, according to Tom, spent around 45 minutes talking to the man before he brought himself to safety.

Tom said the entire ordeal lasted around two hours and that he was watching on from a barrier at the side of the road.

He added: “I can’t speak highly enough of how well the police did, they were fantastic. The negotiator did a phenomenal job too.

“I think what I did has been blown out of proportion, the police are the real heroes here.”

After watching the distressed man get ushered away by police, Tom was allowed to return to his truck and continue his journey.

He said: “I hope that other drivers see this and know it’s an option.”

References

  1. ^ Warrington (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ someone sitting (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  3. ^ man was sitting (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  4. ^ Top story: Warrington daughter speaks of heartache of hearing mum has incurable cancer (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  5. ^ police (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)

Lanes reopen on M62 after crash involving car and lorry

ALL lanes have reopened on the M62 following a crash this dinnertime, Friday.

Two lanes were closed and queuing traffic was reported following a collision involving a car and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway.

It occurred between junction 10 for the M6 at Croft and junction 11 for Birchwood.

Lanes three and four, of four, were closed.

Highways England traffic officers and recovery crews were dispatched to the scene.

Also in attendance were police and ambulance crews.

References

  1. ^ #M62 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ #J10 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #CroftInterchange (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ #J11 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ #WarringtonEast (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #Birchwood (twitter.com)
  8. ^ #A574 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ @OfficialTfGM (twitter.com)
  10. ^ @manctraffic (twitter.com)
  11. ^ June 18, 2021 (twitter.com)

Lanes closed and queuing traffic on M62 due to crash involving car and lorry

TWO lanes are currently closed and queuing traffic is being reported on the M62 this dinnertime, Friday.

The cause of the disruption is a crash involving a car and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway.

It occurred between junction 10 for the M6 at Croft and junction 11 for Birchwood.

Lanes three and four, of four, are closed.

Highways England has confirmed that traffic officers and recovery crews have been dispatched to the scene.

Also in attendance are police and ambulance crews.

References

  1. ^ #M62 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ #J10 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #CroftInterchange (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ #J11 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ #WarringtonEast (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #Birchwood (twitter.com)
  8. ^ #A574 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ @OfficialTfGM (twitter.com)
  10. ^ @manctraffic (twitter.com)
  11. ^ June 18, 2021 (twitter.com)

Man, 80, with Alzheimer’s at centre of urgent police search

*Update: Police have since confirmed Mr Sergeant has now been found safe and well.

The public are being urged to join an urgent search for a missing 80-year-old man who police say can “become confused” due to Alzheimer′s.

Alan Sergeant has vanished from his home in Warrington.

Police say he been seen since he left his home in Poplars and Hulme on foot shortly after 7.30am this morning.

READ MORE:M62 lorry driver saved man from falling after parking his lorry under bridge[1]

A spokesperson said the pensioner “has Alzheimer′s and can become confused”.

The Alzheimer’s Association[2] describe Alzheimer’s as “a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks”.

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Police have enlisted the public as they are “keen to locate him as soon as possible”.

Inspector Helen Cooper said: “A number of officers are currently out searching for Alan, so far to no avail, and we are concerned for his welfare.

“He has Alzheimer′s and often becomes confused, so we are keen to locate him as soon as possible.

““I urge anyone in or around Warrington who thinks that they may have seen Alan since he went missing to get in touch with us.

“The same goes for anyone with information regarding his whereabouts, or CCTV or dashcam footage of him since he left home on foot this morning.”

Alan is described as around 5’ 2” tall, of slim build and has short black/grey hair.

He was last seen wearing black pants, a black jacket and blue trainers.

He also has a tag on his eye and may also have a carrier bag.

Anyone with information or footage that may help officers find James is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary immediately on 101, quoting IML 1016125.

M62 driver parked lorry under bridge to stop man from jumping

A lorry driver has been hailed a hero after parking his truck under a bridge on the M62 to stop a man from jumping.

Tom Birkett, 35, was driving on the M62 near Warrington last week when he spotted someone sitting on the edge of a bridge with their legs dangling over the edge.[1]

The married dad-of-three slowed down as he approached – and managed to park his 44-tonne tipper truck directly underneath where the man was sitting.[2]

READ MORE:Thug spat chewed up sandwich remains in police officer’s face[3]

His Mercedes truck was also fitted with a canvas over the tipper, providing it with a soft top and essentially creating a net for the man to fall into, although luckily it was not needed.

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I was coming up to bridge when I clocked there were three people on it.

The lorry driver parked their vehicle underneath the man
The lorry driver parked their vehicle underneath the man (Image: Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds)

“As I got closer I could see that the lad was sat on the wrong side of the barrier.[4]

“I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something here, this lad’s going to jump off’.”

Tom then put his hazard lights on and began weaving his truck in order to notify other motorists there was a problem ahead.

He added: “I don’t know what clicked in my head but it suddenly dawned on me that I could help.

“I lined the truck up with the lad so the front of the trailer was underneath him.”

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what’s on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here[5].

When Tom arrived, on June 8, police were already on the scene, including two officers on the bridge who were speaking to the man.

A short time later, a negotiator arrived and, according to Tom, spent around 45 mins talking to the man before he brought himself to safety.

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website[6]

  • Samaritans[7] (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected][8].
  • Childline[9] (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS[10] (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind[11] (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression[12] is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK[13] is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  • Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by a suicide. This includes dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services. Call 0330 088 9255 or visit www.amparo.org.uk[14] for more details.

  • Hub of Hope[15] is the UK’s most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit hubofhope.co.uk[16] or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
  • Young Persons Advisory Service – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families. tel: 0151 707 1025 email: [email protected][17][18]
  • Paul’s Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email: [email protected][19][20]
  • The Martin Gallier Project – offering face to face support for individuals considering suicide and their families. Opening hours 9.30-16.30, 7 days a week. Tel: 0151 644 0294 email: [email protected][21][22]

Tom said the entire ordeal lasted around two hours and that he was watching on from a barrier at the side of the road.

He added: “I can’t speak highly enough of how well the police did, they were fantastic. The negotiator did a phenomenal job too.

“I think what I did has been blown out of proportion, the police are the real heroes here.”

After watching the man get ushered away by police, Tom was allowed to return to his truck and continue his journey.

He said: “I hope that other drivers see this and know it’s an option.”

References

  1. ^ over the edge. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ man was sitting. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Thug spat chewed up sandwich remains in police officer’s face (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ the barrier. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Liverpool ECHO by signing up here (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  6. ^ NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk)
  7. ^ Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
  8. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  9. ^ Childline (www.childline.org.uk)
  10. ^ PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org)
  11. ^ Mind (www.mind.org.uk)
  12. ^ Students Against Depression (studentsagainstdepression.org)
  13. ^ Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk)
  14. ^ www.amparo.org.uk (www.amparo.org.uk)
  15. ^ Hub of Hope (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  16. ^ hubofhope.co.uk (www.hubofhope.co.uk)
  17. ^ Young Persons Advisory Service (www.ypas.org.uk)
  18. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  19. ^ Paul’s Place (beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk)
  20. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  21. ^ The Martin Gallier Project (www.gallierhouse.co.uk)
  22. ^ [email protected] (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

‘I’m no hero’, says M62 trucker who helped save man on motorway

The truck driver hailed a hero[1] after parking his vehicle under a bridge on the M62[2] to stop a man from jumping has said ‘I’m not the hero of this story’.

Tom Birkett, 35, received praise from across the nation[3] after a picture showing his truck trailer parked directly underneath the man sat on the edge of the bridge went viral.

The man’s mother, who did not wish to be named, has since spoken out to let Tom know how grateful she is[4] as she is convinced he saved her son, who had been struggling with his mental health. She also said that he is now receiving help.

But Tom’s refuses to believe he is a hero, instead praising the police for the way they handled the situation.

READ MORE: Greater Manchester’s latest coronavirus infection rates[5]

Speaking to Leeds Live[6], the husband and father of three said: “All I did was park the truck under the bridge.

“This is something that the police and charities are deal with. I got an opportunity to do my little bit but it was 0.01 per cent of what other people did.

“I basically figured out something I could do, I did my good deed for the day. The police are the ones that saved him.

“I’m not the hero of this story, I’m happy with being called a Good Samaritan.”

Recalling how the events unfolded, Tom said spotted three people on the bridge from a distance and felt that “something was not right”.

As he got closer, he noticed that one person was on the wrong side of the bars and saw his legs dangling off the bridge.

Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, quickly moved into the hard shoulder and put on his hazard lights to alert other road users.

After parking the trailer which has a soft top, he let officers who were at the scene know what he had done.

Helplines and websites

Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected][7] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.

For support for people feeling suicidal, if you are concerned about someone or if you are bereaved by suicide see http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk[8]

CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk[9]

Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk[10]

Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/[11]

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org[12]

For information and links to charities and organisations that can help with substance abuse, visit https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/[13]

Tom, who was speaking to his friend on the phone during his journey on Junction 9 on the M62, said: “I clocked him, I had seen something not right from a distance, obviously as a truck driver you’re looking way ahead of everyone else.

“I had seen three people on the bridge and I just knew something didn’t seem right. Something seemed off, the spacing of the people – you see truck spotters on bridges.

“As I was getting closer. I saw the person in the middle on the wrong side of the bars sat down with legs dangling on the motorway. The two police on the other side, that’s what I could see. I just said to my mate, I think he’s going to jump, I’m going to have to go.

“I just did what I did.

“That was it, I walked up to the other side of the embankment and told the officers what I had done.

“I was sat for two hours just talking to the police.”

Asked if he had a message for the man, Tom, who runs a Trucking YouTube page called Except for Access[14], added: “All I can say is I wish him the best and he gets through it.

“I’ve never quite been as bad as the position he was in but I know that helplessness though. Many people have felt that helplessness but not many people like to admit it.”

References

  1. ^ hailed a hero (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ M62 (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  3. ^ praise from across the nation (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  4. ^ how grateful she is (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ Greater Manchester’s latest coronavirus infection rates (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ Leeds Live (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  7. ^ [email protected] (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  8. ^ http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk (t.co)
  9. ^ www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk (www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk)
  10. ^ www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk)
  11. ^ www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/ (www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk)
  12. ^ studentsagainstdepression.org (www.google.com)
  13. ^ https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/ (www.supportline.org.uk)
  14. ^ Except for Access (www.youtube.com)