‘Cassie died from a broken heart. Do not suffer in silence’

Cassie Richardson, 34, (right) had struggled with the loss of her parents before she died.
Cassie Richardson, 34, (right) had struggled with the loss of her parents before she died.

The brother of a woman found hanged on the seafront at Cleveleys said she had decided “enough was enough” as he today urged people struggling to cope with bereavement not to suffer in silence.

Mum-of-one Cassie Richardson, 34, was found by passers-by at the Kiddies Corner children’s attraction.

Her older brother, John, of Fleetwood, today paid tribute to “the baby of the family” who had struggled to cope with the loss of her parents.

The 40-year-old said: “Our mum was diagnosed with cancer at the end of March 2010 and passed away on April 5, only one week later, leaving us all in a state of shock.

“On April 16, only 11 days after our mum’s passing, and one day after her funeral, our dad passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home, from what I now believe to be a broken heart.

“The pain we suffered as a family is unimaginable.

“The years following these events have been an immense struggle for all of us, especially my dear little sister Cassie who has always been the baby of the family.”

He said the grief led his sister, who spent most of life in Fleetwood but had recently moved to Cleveleys, to commit suicide on December 28, leaving behind her 17-year-old daughter.

“This is the reason why Cassie became the nameless girl in the news and on social media,” he added.

“She leaves behind her beloved daughter Sophie, her long­-term and devoted partner of many years Tommy, myself and three loving sisters.

“The grief she suffered had finally broken her heart beyond repair.

“In recent years, Cassie found some comfort in the good people at St Peters church and the Mustard Seed Group, which helps people to deal with the problems arising during everyday life.

“I urge anybody struggling with the loss of a loved one to reach out and ask for help.

“Whether it is a family member, a friend, the bereavement service or an organisation like the Mustard Seed Group, please don’t suffer in silence.

“My hope is that somebody reading this will think twice before harming themselves and, in turn, those around them that love them dearly.”

He thanked the well-wishers who paid tribute to his sister on social media, adding: “The loss of Cassie has left a huge void in our lives.

“We take comfort knowing that the young girl and her grandparents that found Cassie helped ensure she was taken care of properly.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude.”

Mr Richardson said his sister had “struggled with life” in the years following their parents’ death, which may have led to her getting in trouble with the police.

On Monday, Blackpool magistrates dropped a case against her for shoplifting, after the court heard she had committed suicide.

She had been accused of stealing perfume worth £85 from B&M Bargains in Cleveleys on December 1.

Reverend Canon John Hall, vicar at St Peter’s Church, runs the Mustard Seed Group and said he had been saddened to learn of Cassie’s death.

He said: “It was a very difficult time for Cassie.

“She never got over the death of her parents, which troubled her and cast a huge shadow over her.

“The support the group have her was simply a listening ear, really.

“She was clearly in a very difficult place.

“I am sorry she felt she got to the stage where nobody could do any more for her.”

He echoed calls for anybody in difficulty to reach out for help before it’s too late.

He said: “Life is not so bad that you need to go to that dark place, although I know people do.

“There is help out there and there are people that care.”

The Mustard Seed Group meets at St Peter’s Church, Lord Street, Fleetwood, every Monday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend, with support available for those who need it.

This week saw between 60 and 70 people come through the doors.

People in need of help can also call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit the Blackpool branch, on Edward Street.