We were 13 when we met sitting opposite each other across a chemistry bench. Many years later in January 2014 I lost my best friend. We had always had a bond and he was the sort of friend that you would want to be. He was always kind, considerate, helpful and loyal. His charm was matched by his smile and time with him was always fun.
As the years passed and our lives changed it was always the same when we met up and no matter what we were both going through we always had a laugh. I will always be thankful for knowing him and will always miss him.
He was always there for me even though he was fighting his own demons. He was so excited when I told him that we were having triplet and he was thrilled to have Daniel named after him. I’m really glad that we did as there will always be part of him that will live on.
Sleep peacefully dear friend x
“All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul
and they will never notice how broken you really are”
Here are 6 interesting facts about me to give you an insight into my life so far
- I once sang on TV
- I was in the audience for ‘Finders Keepers’ (if you’re not old enough to remember Google it!)
- I am a father of young triplets
(2 identical girls and a boy)
- I like a challenge
- I suffer from depression
- I believe that we can all make a difference
After losing Dan, I set out a year of challenges to test myself and to raise awareness and some money for mental health causes. It was a success and to build on it I decided to (with the help of Dan’s family) set up a Charitable Foundation in his memory.
Following my own struggles with depression and Dan’s loss, I want to help bring mental health out of the shadows and get people talking about it. I also know first hand the impact my physical health has on my mental wellbeing so want to try and use that to promote understanding and raise awareness. I truly believe that we can all make a difference, one person at a time.