14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy, 14, Jumped To His Death After He Left Girlfriend Heartbreaking Voicemail


A schoolboy left a heartbreaking goodbye voicemail to his girlfriend telling her she deserved better - then threw himself off a motorway bridge.

Ben Fitchett, 14, from Rochdale, left a message on his girlfriend's mobile saying: "Hi, I'm going to do it. Just so you know I do love you, but you deserve better than me."

Minutes later the 14-year-old died after he fell into the path of traffic from a footbridge crossing the M62 motorway in Greater Manchester on his way to his paper round.

He had also sent text messages to two other people saying goodbye.

An inquest at Heywood Phoenix Centre heard Ben had returned from a Scout camp in Switzerland the day before his death.

While on holiday his girlfriend had read a Facebook conversation saying he had been involved with another girl.

But the night before his death he send his girlfriend a text telling her he had made up the story for attention.

The following morning while walking to the newsagents at about 7.15am he called her for the final time.

Ben's parents Peter and Sarah said he seemed happy after returning home from holiday.

Sarah said: "He was full of the joys when we picked him up. He could not wait to tell us what a fantastic time he'd had."

At around 9.30am on August 19, 2013, after Ben failed to return from his paper round, they began to text and call him.

Police eventually answered his phone and they discovered he had died.

Peter added: "To us this was so out of character. Nothing stood out as untoward. If you look back and say we could have changed anything the answer is no."

A post mortem examination found the cause of death was due to multiple injuries.

PC Helen Hallworth told the inquest that in text messages sent to two close friends, Ben had mentioned he had been self-harming.

And on the way back from his trip to Switzerland fellow scouts mentioned his self-harming.

Ben, a pupil at Crompton House School in Oldham, was described as intelligent, active and outgoing.

The inquest heard he volunteered in a charity shop, was in numerous bands as a skilled percussionist and had been a Scout for a number of years.

The coroner Lisa Hashmi said that Ben had taken his own life in a 'spur of the moment decision'.

She added: "He knew there could be only one outcome of the action he took on August 19."

Since Ben's death around £13,000 has already been raised in his memory for charity Papyrus, the Prevention of Young Suicide.

Speaking after the inquest Ben's father Peter said: "We are proud that Ben touched the lives of so many people he came into contact with; people who have shared with us the endearing impression Ben has left.

"We have been overwhelmed and greatly comforted by the love, prayers and support from all."