What we hope to achieve
This website has been set up to keep people informed about what we are trying to achieve with the EAH Consequences Campaign. Our son Adam died after being attacked in Blackburn town centre.
We are devastated by the tragic loss of our gentle, generous and affectionate son. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from family, friends and colleagues. We want something positive to come from all of this and don't want what has happened to make us bitter and destroy our lives. We cannot change what happened to Adam and it is the most difficult thing for any parents to come to terms with. We miss Adam more than we can say. We loved him and he was a very special young man. We know our lives will never be the same but we also know what Adam would want us to do. We will work to help inform young people about the futility of violence in our streets. We want young people to stand up and say 'We don't accept it as normal on a night out to see fights and people so drunk they don't know what they are doing or who they are hurting.' There have been too many young people killed in our streets in very recent years and mostly it is all about nothing. When you see the photos of Adam, I think more than anything it shows what sort of person he was and it makes us more determined to do something that he would be proud of.
The aims of the charity are:
To advance the Education of the public, (particularly those under the age of 25,) on the dangers of violence and the serious consequences of these actions. To promote learning about individual responsibilities highlighting the consequences of anti-social and violent behaviour for victims and people who carry out violent acts.
1. Provide Tutorial materials (DVD & Worksheets) to be used in schools and colleges to raise awareness and to develop more responsible attitudes. The material will be based on the story of Adam Rogers. Adam was killed in a random act of violence whilst on a night out with friends. Focus groups from local colleges have already agreed to contribute to the preparation of these materials.
They will include
- The outline of what happened to Adam and the impact this has had on his family and friends.
- The consequences of this senseless random violence, for the person who carried out the attack.
- Dramatised scenarios giving different outcomes when different decisions are made.
- Guidelines giving the message ‘It’s cool to walk away’
- Strategies for people to use when in potentially violent situations
- Strong messages for girls to encourage the young men not to use or be drawn into violence
2. To advance the education of young people about the issues of organ donation, highlighting the positive consequences of individuals making their wishes clear.
- Encourage young people to look at the donor website and find out about regeistering to be a donor.
- Interview with the transplant co-ordinators to discuss the donor issue encouraging young people to talk to their family and make sure their personal views are known.
3. To promote the education of young people under the age of 25 specifically in the area of Football Coaching by awarding scholarships to support the gaining of coaching qualifications
Adam did not deserve to lose his life and it is even more sad when you realise it was for no reason. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was happy and had everything to live for. He had a really good night out and had seen so many of his friends who he hadn't seen for a while.
Do you want to help us make a difference? Support our campaign to make our streets safer and to help change the attitude of as many people as possible.