Prime Minister’s Office
Please allow me to begin by offering my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the tragic loss of your son, Adam. It is impossible not to be inspired by your decision to turn your suffering into a positive force for change.
Violence cannot, and must not be tolerated. By taking your story into schools, I have no doubt that your are opening young minds and making a difference. That is a hugely important contribution to the communities you reach, and to helping us build a safer, more tolerant society as a whole. Long may that work continue.
Director General, Crime and Policing Group, Home Office
Half of all violent crime is believed to be carried out by individuals under the influence of alcohol. The cost to individuals and families that are subjected to such acts of violence cannot be counted. The Government is determined to tackle violence, including serious youth violence and alcohol-related crime and disorder. The Home Office supports the work carried out by ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ and recognises their contribution in providing young people with the tools and confidence to walk away from violent situations
Labour MP for Blackburn
It is a very, very important campaign. It speaks volumes for the extreme humanity of Mr and Mrs Rogers and their family that they want this to be Adam’s memorial and not revenge. The absolutely fundemental issue on my part it to force up the minimum price of alcohol in the supermarkets and convenience stores. It is harmful to nightlife and it is harmful to children and their families.
BBC News Presenter
My heart goes out to you and your family for what you have had to go
through, with the loss of Adam. It is inspirational to see how you are
trying to turn the worst thing that could happen into a force for
good. Teaching children that every action has consequences is one of
the most important lessons we can give as responsible parents, and
your story is a powerful reminder to everyone of a message that must
be passed on. Through your amazing efforts, Adam’s life is touching
those of so many others – an amazing thing.
Adam’s friends and family say you only had to meet him once to really know him. But what about if you never actually met him?
I’ve got to know Adam only through those closest to him and the stories they tell. His wonderful family and his legion of articulate, sensitive and courageous friends have created this warm, funny, sensitive and generous character in my mind, to the extent that I sometimes forget we’ve never met. He seems whole to me, rounded, tangible. I know his favourite jokes, his poor timekeeping, his qualities and his flaws. I know his humanity, feel his existence in the family’s grief, yet I’ll never know his parent’s pain. I only feel echoes of that aching loss, the occasional cracks in their voices and the aching beauty of Dave’s eulogy and his telling of ‘Adam’s Story’.
When I first turned up on the doorstep of Pat and Dave’s home to begin the Lancashire Telegraph’s work on the Consequences campaign, I was struck by how similar they were to my own family. The same values; shared family mealtimes, the ‘door always open’ approach to their children and their children’s partners and friends, an upbringing rooted in education and a comfortableness with honest affection.
Dave reminded me of my step-dad, the love of football, the deep social conscience and enthusiasm of discussion and debate.
When I left the Lancashire Telegraph in March 2012 after becoming close to the Rogers family, I received a message from Pat on the similarities she saw between myself and Adam. I was choked. Journalists can often feel like impostors. We are strangers intruding into a very personal grief and making it public. Yet in the two-and-a-half years I’ve known and worked with the Rogers family, I’ve shared heartbreaking and uplifting moments and never been made to feel that I don’t belong there.
In their darkest moments in a harrowing court ordeal, to the birth of Tim’s son and the meeting of Mark Smith and his baby given life through Adam’s gift, I have observed, interviewed, and marvelled at the dignity of this family. The campaign is fitting. It, like Adam, is moving at its own natural pace, gathering momentum and followers, not seeking to blame, but reaching out to help. I’ll never meet Adam. The tragedy that his family and friends must carry is that those coming into their lives will never know the joy of being around him – and how much they have lost.
But if you can judge a man on the company he keeps, I don’t have to have ever known Adam to be sure that he was – to quote Dave’s eulogy – a good man who did good things.
MP for Rossendale & Darwen
What a positive response to such tragedy. Adam’s family deserves national support in this important campaign – Every Action Has Consequences – and it is a fitting tribute to Adam’s life. I pledge my support to this worthy cause. I don’t think anybody would have failed to be touched by the deeply moving words of Adam’s father recently following his meeting with Adam’s killer, under the restorative justice programme. His words reinforce our belief in humanity and forgiveness.
Jane Tomlinsons Husband, Run For All Charity Events
I’m Mike Tomlinson, Jane Tomlinson’s husband, I read with sadness your reasons for running the Hull event. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child, and in such tragic circumstances. The way you are handling the situation is amazing and so inspirational.
The website is fitting and the message is clear.
If there is anything we as a team can do or myself personally please let me know.
Best wishes to you all.
BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter
I am the mother of a 34 year old daughter and the grandmother of Harry 3 and little Mollie who is just three months. I find it incomprehendable to consider my life without them and the joy they bring me. So how does the family of Adam manage to live on ??
With great courage and a burning desire that his death will not have been in vain and that some how, some way, other youngsters will not die in such a senseless way.
I’m fortunate to have met Adams Mum and Dad and could only gaze on in admiration as they told me about their wonderful son , his violent death and the work that they do now , in his name, to educate young people about the consequences of their actions.
As I hug Harry and Mollie I ask you to please support ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ to help prevent the ultimate heart ache for other families
BBC Radio Lancashire Journalist
When I first met Pat and David they were still coming to terms with Adam’s death and waiting for the Crown Court trial yet I was struck by their dignity and composure at such a terrible time.
It was clear to me then that they wanted to make sure Adam will always be remembered and try and ensure that other families do not have to go through what they did.
I remember Pat saying in one interview she didn’t want to sound bitter and I can assure her that has not happened. In fact one can only admire the way Pat and David, their family and friends, have conducted their consequences campaign and promoted organ donation.
I didn’t know Adam, but given his love for football, we would have had a lot to talk about and through Pat and David I have got to know quite a lot about him anyway.
Here at BBC Radio Lancashire we have been happy to support their campaign and help get their message across.
Councillor Julie Slater
College Lecturer and Councillor
I ask you to please support ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ to help prevent the ultimate heart ache for other families. Young people need to be shown the boundaries they shouldn’t cross and have explained the consequences for all if they do and a tragedy happens.
I am a mother of three grown up children, my son works with young offenders, my eldest daughter is a teacher and my youngest daughter works with adults/children who have been victims of crime/abuse. They all try to teach those they come into contact with ‘Every Action Has Consequences’.
Being a college lecturer and a local councillor, working with the community is very important to me and with my role within children’s services I see many different situations and I feel education is very important and children should be aware ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ from a very early age.
That’s why I’m a supporter – Pat and Dave are providing resources for secondary schools and youth organisations which will help young people think about their role in society, give them confidence and help them understand the feelings of those around them.
Director of Restorative Justice Council
I am delighted to give my support to Every Action Has Consequences. Restorative justice is all about giving victims a voice, and enabling offenders to face up to the consequences of their actions. EAHC are getting young people to think about those potential consequences before a crime has taken place. Actions have consequences for victims too. Through the work of EAHC Adam’s friends and family have found ways to make sure positive consequences will flow from his tragic loss.
Sir Bill Taylor
As a family man who has brought up 2 now independent “children” here in Blackburn, as a youth worker in the town for nearly 25 years & now Chair of our College, I know quite a lot about the majority of our hard working, fun loving local young people all wanting to make their way in life; working & playing hard. What happened to Adam was a split second tragedy with dreadful for ever consequences. His family & friends, we all, miss him. His family & friends, we all, want good to come out of this tragedy.
Please support Consequences in any & every way you can.
Sir Bill Taylor
Director, Criminal Policy, Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice is committed to increasing the use of restorative justice. For offenders, restorative programmes can play a vital role in bringing home the consequences of crime, and in preventing further offending. For victims, restorative justice can help to heal the damage that crime causes. The EAH Consequences campaign clearly demonstrates to young people the tragic impact that violence can have on families and communities.