Getting to know Gaia #JusticeforGaia

Three years ago tomorrow, on 7 November 2017, Gaia Pope-Sutherland went missing from Swanage. Investigations into what happened at that time continue, and Gaia’s inquest has been delayed, partly due to coronavirus, and is due to take place in May 2021. In September I live-tweeted the second pre-inquest review hearing from Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. You […]

Inquisitorial trauma

There is currently an inquiry into the Coroner Service being conducted by the Justice Committee of Parliament. A call for written evidence closed at the start of this month. I submitted a response sharing some of my thoughts as a result of my #OpenJustice work, my WCMT Fellowship and the impact I’ve seen the coronial […]

Training humanity

I spent most of yesterday crafting a blog post that I couldn’t bring myself to write. There have been too many words said, and too many promises broken, too many times. I woke today and knew I had to record something, to witness this. I’ve been trying to limit my time on twitter lately due […]

Still – a poem for Danny

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Danny Tozer’s death. Rosie, Danny’s mum kindly agreed for me to share the poem she has written for Danny with you, and she also wanted to say this: After 5 years of disappointment and distress it has been very harrowing to hear recently of continuing poor practice at the […]

Remembering Danny Tozer

Five years ago in August Danny Tozer was one of 5,136 runners who completed the York 10k. The 10k route takes runners around some of the historic sites including the ancient city walls, the York Minster and Clifford’s Tower. This was the second time Danny had run the 10k since joining York Athletics Club two […]

Gaia Pope’s 2nd Pre Inquest Review Hearing #JusticeforGaia

Early Tuesday morning I set off from Torquay to travel to Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. It’s a beautiful drive, albeit a tedious one at times, the A35 isn’t really built for heavy traffic. If you’re in a hurry forget it, the splashes of dual carriageway that dot it are always a few miles away when you […]

Feedback from live tweeting Sasha’s inquest

In April and May 2019 I live-tweeted the inquest into the death of Sasha Forster. You can read a little about Sasha in this twitter thread here. The funding to cover Sasha’s inquest was part of an Ideas and Pioneers grant awarded to me by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to explore the impact and future […]

Sasha’s inquest: thoughts from her mum

In April and May2019 I live-tweeted the inquest into the death of Sasha Forster. I gathered feedback after her inquest had concluded and when discussing the raw data with Angela, Sasha’s mum, we were struck by the concern for Sasha’s family and the fact that people weren’t aware that I had their explicit permission. I […]

Hospital/healthcare passports: a help or hindrance?

Having just done a quick twitter search I’ve been grumbling on about Hospital Passports for a couple of years, a recent prevention of future death report made me think about them again this week, and question their use so I thought I’d put some thoughts down here, hopefully to prompt further discussion. Just to flag […]