Thinking of Ben and Bradley

Losing a child is probably the worst thing that can happen to a family.

This month sees the anniversary of Ben Kinsella’s murder, so the conviction of his killers last week was timely. Innocent Ben’s death touched so many people, so did the dignity of his family. The response from young people in Islington was amazing, with Ben’s friend Brooke Dunford organising a huge march for peace, saying lay down the knives.

On Tuesday the BBC will broadcast “My Brother Ben: Brooke Kinsella’s Story”. A year in the making, the film shows the impact of Ben’s death on his family, and follows Brooke as she sets out to do something about knife crime in Britain. It’s on BBC One at 10.35pm.

Another young man’s death has also devastated a local family. Bradley Carty drowned on holiday, which is dreadful enough. But because he died abroad it is costing his family thousands of pounds to bring his body home.

Today friends and relatives are taking part in a sponsored walk to help out, starting from Spa Green at noon. I’ll be there.

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