Allan 'was so loved and such a big character'

Reporter:

Amy Sargeson

The death of a 25-year-old man has been a “huge shock” to his family.

Allan Michael Worrall, of Woodfield Avenue, Flint, died on February 17.

An inquest heard he was found hanged at the Holiday Inn in Northop.

A former pupil of St Richard Gwyn High School in Flint, he is described as a “beloved” son, father, grandson and brother who will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

His sister, Chloe, decided to bravely talk about Mr Worrall’s story on social media as he suffered from depression and anxiety.

On her Facebook page DisabilityMe, which she set up the week of her brother’s death to “break down barriers for individuals affected by mental health, disability and chronic illness”, she posted: “Suicide is the number one killer of men under the age of 45. Allan was one of those men”.

Her post has been ‘liked’ by more than 2,000 and shared over 1,000 times.

Miss Worrall said: “We just didn’t want any other family to go through what we’re going through and we didn’t want people to feel like they have no other option even if they feel like they think no one will understand. There’s always going to be someone, somewhere that they can talk to. It really does break families and communities.”

“Allan was a very well-loved guy. He touched many, many lives. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do, no matter how small. He was very strong and a lot of people depended on him. It’s been a huge shock to the community and the family” she added.

“He was so loved and such a big character, just so full of life. You’d always find him at festivals and out with his friends, he always made people laugh and loved to do so, it was just his gift.

”You couldn’t help but laugh or smile when he was around. But the thing was, he was suffering with depression and anxiety and we didn’t really know just how deeply it had affected him and how low he was. He kept it all to himself.

“A lot of people don’t want to talk about anxiety or depression because they feel like it shouldn’t be talked about which isn’t true. There’s so many like Allan who feel like they can’t talk about it. They feel like they have no other choice.”

Mr Worrall’s sister believed his mental health issues had started when their mother died on December 13 in 2011, aged 43, after she suffered with heart disease.

Chloe added: “She was more than a mother. She was his best friend. It hit us all hard but it hit Allan really badly and he never really recovered. It affected quite a lot of his life.

“It’s just been building for years now I think.

“He was getting help for it but it just wasn’t enough.

“It has been just over a week since we lost him. It is still so raw.”

Mr Worrall’s friend Dewi Jones has set up a Crowdfunding page to raise money for the funeral and aims to contribute £5,000. So far he has raised more than £3,000.

Chloe said she and her family are very grateful for all the support so many have given in the past week.

To donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/
allan-worrall

Mr Worrall’s funeral will be held on Monday at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Flint at 11am.

l AN INQUEST opened into the death of Mr Worrall yesterday.

The cause of death following a post-mortem examination by Dr Atkinson at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on February 21 was identified as hanging.

At the inquest opening held in Ruthin, coroner for North Wales and East John Gittins said Mr Worrall was found hanged in a room at Holiday Inn in Northop and was formally identified by photographs.

Concerns were raised by Mr Worrall’s friends as to his whereabouts and he was then tracked down to the Holiday Inn, where circumstances indicated he might have harmed himself.

A full inquest hearing will take place in the summer.

Email:

amy.sargeson@nwn.co.uk

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