All Stories from England

Jacob Dunne (England)

In 2011 Jacob Dunne fatally knocked a man to his death in an unprovoked attack. As a result he received a two-and-a-half-year custodial sentence for manslaughter of which he served 14 months. On leaving prison Jacob found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling to get his life back on track. In the end, with the encouragement… more

Anne-Marie Cockburn (England)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi In July 2013 Anne-Marie Cockburn’s 15-year-old daughter, Martha Fernback, spent the afternoon in an Oxford park with friends when she took a half gram of pure crystallised MDMA (ecstasy) which killed her. A 17-year-old man was given an 18-month supervision order for supplying Class A drugs. Anne-Marie’s book 5742 Days (the… more

Susan Waters (England)

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents now dead, she waived her right to anonymity. The pressure to blindly forgive, particularly within Church… more

Madeleine Black (England)

Photo by Leila Black Madeleine Black is a counsellor and lives in Glasgow. Growing up in London in the late 1970’s she was brutally raped at the age of 13 by two American teenagers. In 2014, having come to terms with how the trauma had shaped her life, she decided to share her story publically for the… more

Liz Brereton (England)

Photo by Brian Moody In August 2008 Liz Brereton’s 21-year-old daughter, Ruth, was killed in a car crash travelling back from Portsmouth to her home in Croydon.  Two years later the driver of the car received a two year prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for two years.… more

Grace Idowu (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody In 2008 Tim and Grace Idowu’s  third child, 14-year-old David, was murdered in the park opposite his home in South London. The perpetrator was 16-year-old Elijah Dayoni who later received a minimum sentence of 12 years. In 2010 Grace met Elijah at a restorative justice conference at Ashfield Young Offenders Institute. The… more

Shad Ali (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody Shad Ali, an ex-social worker, is a British Pakistani who has lived and worked in Nottingham all his life. In July 2008 he was attacked when he came to the rescue of two Pakistani women who were being racially abused by a passing pedestrian. Six years later Shad met his attacker… more

David Rogers (England)

David Rogers with wife Pat and his late son Adam In May 2009, at the age of 24, Adam Rogers moved back to his parents’ home in Blackburn. One Saturday evening, just after his parents had left for a two week holiday in Malta, Adam got punched in the head protecting his friend from a… more

Geoff Thompson (England)

Photo by Steve Ullathorne Geoff Thompson grew up in working-class Coventry. At the age of twelve he was abused by an adult he trusted.  The incident shattered his self-esteem and led to a decade of violence.  He has since become a martial arts instructor, teacher and author of over 34 books.  The short film Romans… more

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