Grieving parents back Journal campaign
THE grieving parents of a teenager who died following a night out this week gave their support to the Don't Dice With Danger campaign.The Journal, along with other organisations and businesses, in the Lowestoft, Southwold and Waveney area, has launched the campaign to encourage young people to stay safe while having fun.
THE grieving parents of a teenager who died following a night out this week gave their support to the Don't Dice With Danger campaign.
The Journal, along with other organisations and businesses, in the Lowestoft, Southwold and Waveney area, has launched the campaign to encourage young people to stay safe while having fun.
Speaking from personal experience of tragedy Michael and Patricia Hannant have given the campaign their full backing.
The Reydon couple have been left devastated after their 19-year-old son Daniel died following a night out in Southwold.
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Daniel's body was found in Buss Creek in March this year, three days after he was last seen with his friends at the Royal British Legion Club, in Blackmill Road, Southwold.
'We lost a much-loved son after he had been drinking and we want to help make sure that other parents do not suffer like we have,' said Mrs Hannant.
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'Of course we want young people to enjoy themselves but we also want them to stay safe,' she said.
Mr Hannant said it was important for young people to look out for themselves and their friends.
'We all need to look after ourselves but we should also try and make sure that our friends are safe as well,' he said.
'We did not know what had happened to Daniel for three days and nights and it was the worst time imaginable for us. After this period we were told the news that we had feared and that his body had been discovered,' said Mr Hannant.
'Young people are always going to go out for a drink with their friends but we just want them to be aware of the dangers and to take care so that what happened to Daniel does not happen to someone else,' he said.
The campaign has been launched following a number of tragic incidents in which young people like Daniel have lost their lives as a result of over-exuberance, drinking and drink-driving.
Merchandise with the Don't Dice With Danger message is being distributed around the Lowestoft and Southwold area.
Posters with the message are available from the Journal office at 147 London Road, Lowestoft, and can be picked up during office hours between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The campaign is being sponsored and financially supported by Adnams and inspired by a group of young designers from Spring in Southwold.
The six key messages of the campaign are:
Look out for your mates.
Know your surroundings.
Steer clear of trouble.
Enjoy your drinks responsibly.
Tell someone before you leave.
Think about the consequences.
In the weeks ahead other merchandise including postcards, wristbands and beer mats will be distributed to pubs, clubs, youth organisations, sports clubs and schools.
For more information on the campaign visit www.dontdice.co.uk