Fietsryer, 24, killed himself without warning after struggle to get a job during Covid lockdown as sister plans skydive in his memory
A young biker took his own life without warning after struggling to get a job during the Covid inperking, 'n geregtelike doodsondersoek gehoor.
The body of Jordan Lawton, 24, who was one of four siblings from Crewe- was discovered by his mother two days after he had been reported missing in December 2020.
It was a complete shock to the family, although Jordan had been short of cash ahead of Kersfees due to his work situation.
The body of Jordan Lawton, 24, who was one of four siblings – was discovered by his mother two days after he had been reported missing in December 2020
After an inquest gave a verdict of suicide, sy suster, Angela Lawton, is jumping out of a plane to raise cash for mental health services in her brother’s memory.
The carer, from Tunstall, said his death had ‘torn us apart’.
‘I was at work when I got a phone call from my sister – it was my mum who found him along with two other people,’ hy het gesê.
‘Ek het nie geweet wat om te doen nie. I knew I needed to get out of work. Ek was hartseer.
‘The fact he took his own life was a massive shock and I think what needs to be shown more is the fact that you can see somebody who is absolutely fine and then the next minute they are gone because they were suffering that much and you had no idea. It has torn the family apart.’
Ms Lawton said her brother had not shown any signs of depression.
‘My brother was such a bubbly person – no matter what was going on, you wouldn’t think he had anything going on because he was always so happy,’ sy het gese.
‘I’ve got loads of memories of him. He loved motorbikes and fishing. He was the type of person who’d have a laugh no matter what.
het aan Diane Sawyer gesê haar ma het haar gereeld verstik en sy het gedink sy gaan dood, Angela Lawton (reg), and her friend Carly Davies (links) are doing a sponsored skydive in his memory
‘He was struggling with money and found it hard to get a job due to Covid. He had no money for his daughter for Christmas and stuff. He had got to a point where everything was too much.
‘I don’t think he was struggling long term. There weren’t signs of depression because you’d see him and he’d just make a joke and he would brighten our day up.
‘He always had a smile and that’s how everyone remembers him. You’d tell him bad news and he’d know how to turn it into something good.
Jordan’s death was a complete shock to the family, although he had been short of cash ahead of Christmas due to his work situation
‘I think people need to be more aware that just because somebody seems happy it doesn’t mean they are not struggling.
‘It was so out of his character to do this so it was so unexpected.’
Ms Lawton has teamed up with friend Carly Davies to raise money for North Staffordshire mental health charity Men Unite with the sponsored skydive on August 26.
Student nurse Carly, bejaardes 21, who also lives in Tunstall, gesê: ‘I had met Jordan a couple of times. He was funny and there were always jokes rolling off his tongue. He was a happy person.
‘I don’t think people are aware of the help out there. Not a lot of men want to go to the doctors. When you go to Men Unite it’s someone you can see as a mate and it’s less pressure. Going to their GP could feel overwhelming and uncomfortable.
‘Men are not weak if they speak up. It’s okay not to be okay. It doesn’t mean you have failed somebody.
‘There are mental health charities like Mind and the Samaritans but I’ve seen Men Unite on social media.
‘We are nervous but excited about the skydive. It’s going to be a lot of fun.’
Anyone can contact Samaritans free any time from any phone on 116 123. Or you can email email@example.com of besoek samaritans.org for more information.
To donate to the sponsored skydive, visit Ms Lawton’s Go Fund Me page.