Saturday 10 December 2016

Irish Mum retouches treasured photograph for son who lost dad to suicide when he was just four

Published 17/11/2016 | 22:27

Mum Joanne Fetherston helped Jamie recreate his favourite photo of his dad, who died by suicide when he was four
Mum Joanne Fetherston helped Jamie recreate his favourite photo of his dad, who died by suicide when he was four
Jamie Fetherston (10) lost his dad Andy when he was just four-years-old after he took his own life in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2010. Peter Varga/Humans of Dublin

An Irish mum has helped her ten-year-old son recreate one of his favourite photographs of his dad, who tragically died by suicide.

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Jamie Fetherson (10) was just four-years-old when his dad Andy Morgan took his own life in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2010 and his mum Joanne helped him to recreate one of his favourite photos of his late father as a special keepsake.

The pair travelled to Poland, where Jamie posed on the same bench his dad had visited years before, and his mum had the pair photoshopped together on the bench in a special new image.

"My favourite photo of my dad is one of him sitting on a bench in Poland,” said Jamie in a post on Humans of Dublin.

“He was on holiday there with my mam when I was little. When I went on holiday to Poland last year I really wanted to find the same bench and have my picture taking on it. So I did. It was great sitting where my dad sat years ago.

“My mam got my photo blended with my dad's photo and it looked like we were both sitting on the bench beside each other. It made me so happy because I finally knew what it would look like if my dad was with me here today,” he said.

Speaking about the photograph, Jamie’s mum Joanne said: “He’s such a lovely kid and he was so young when his dad died. He doesn’t have so many memories so I’m trying to put them in and keep hold of them. When we found that bench his dad had sat on all those years ago we were delighted. It’s a great picture for him to have," she said.

Jamie opened up about his "hero" dad on the Facebook page on Thursday, and his bravery was commended by thousands of followers after it was shared earlier.

Jamie Fetherston (10) pictured with his mum Peter Varga/Humans of Dublin
Jamie Fetherston (10) pictured with his mum Peter Varga/Humans of Dublin

“I love my dad and I'm proud to be his son,” said Jamie, from Santry.

In the years after Andy's death, Joanne and her family have set up a foundation in her late partner’s honour, the Andy Morgan Foundation, which raises vital funds for suicide prevention and awareness.

“The reaction to the post [on Thursday] has been amazing. We never expected it. I just wanted Jamie to have his moment and be able to tell his story and that’s what we did with Peter’s help," said Joanne.

Joanne's daughter Alex (13) has also been a huge advocate for suicide prevention since losing her dad in 2010, and has appeared on national radio and television to speak about her experience with suicide.

Mum Joanne Fetherston helped Jamie recreate his favourite photo of his dad, who died by suicide when he was four
Mum Joanne Fetherston helped Jamie recreate his favourite photo of his dad, who died by suicide when he was four

Jamie compared his dad to his hero Conor McGregor and said he hopes to grow up to be strong like his idol.

"I have two heros; my dad is my hero in heaven and my hero here is called Conor McGregor. When I grow up I want to be strong like him. Every kid needs a hero, and I already have two."

If you have been affected by any issues raised in this article, please contact The Samaritans free helpline on 116 123.

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