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Family and friends of Thomas Orchard running the Great West Run for INQUEST
2 September 2014
The family and friends of Thomas Orchard are running the Great West Run on 19 October as team Justice for Thomas to raise funds for INQUEST. Thomas died in police custody in Exeter in 2012 following restraint. He suffered from schizophrenia and had been living in supported mental health accommodation.
Emma Higgins, who is taking part in the run, said:
"INQUEST are the charity that supported my family after the shock death of Thomas. Thomas died in hospital on October 10th 2012 after being treated by the intensive care unit team. Only in his 30s and only in my life for such little time I felt blessed that I was able to share in such difficult times with my fiancé's family and to have enjoyed Tom's serious yet quirky personality.
"Thomas should not be dead, justice is being fought for but in the meantime, INQUEST have been fantastic and given advice and support to a clueless family who never in a million years thought they would have to deal with a death of their child or brother. Without INQUEST the seemingly, almost impossible task of seeking justice for Thomas would have been even more daunting.
"We never thought it would happen to us. Thomas was a well, independent man who lost his life wrongly, it could happen to anyone at any time, you never know when you might need INQUEST to help you. I want to raise some money for them so they can help another family just like they have mine. Thank you INQUEST and thank you to those who give. Every penny will count."
‘Lobbying that is based on thorough research and casework (such as that done by INQUEST), and focuses on specific issues, such as the deaths of children in custody, needs support.’
– New Philanthropy Capital, 'Trial and error: Children and young people in trouble with the law, a guide for charities'