Mayoress to offer warm welcome to runners Terry and Louise who aim to turn personal tragedy into something positive

By Jake Chown  
Wednesday 9th August 2017 10:34 am
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Penny Simcock with husband David ()

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A MAN whose life was turned upside down following the devastating news that his sister had been killed in a car crash will be passing through Abergavenny on Thursday on a run from London to Porthcawl.

Louise Jones was just 16 when she and three of her teenage friends died on the night of November 2, 2006 on Llangynidr Mountain and now her brother, Terry Jones, a fruitier living and working in Porthcawl, is undertaking the 174-mile trek to raise awareness of the way in which such traumas leave lasting effects on those left to grieve.

Terry stated, ‘I kept my own feelings hidden but unfortunately after a 10 year battle I hit a downward spiral I was unable to control; it affected every aspect of my life.

“It was time to admit defeat and seek help.

‘I’ve decided to try and do something positive. Throughout 2017 my wife Louise Piper-Jones and I will be taking part in various different challenges to raise funds for the road crash charity Roadpeace.

‘My main aims are to raise awareness of people fighting depression and to get the message out there that you are not alone.

“Also we aim to raise as much money as we can for Roadpeace to aid in the support of victims and families that have been affected by car crashes and to bring changes in the law to help protect and support those victims.’

Terry plans to pass through Abergavenny at around 2pm today (Thursday} where he will be greeted at the Town Hall by the mayoress, Penny Simcock.

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