Please don’t give in

On August 11th of 2007, a 12-year-old girl named Amy wrote the following heartbreaking letter to her father, 47-year-old Garry Newlove, as he lay comatose in hospital. The day before, she, her two sisters and her mother had looked on in horror as he was savagely beaten by a gang of youths outside their home. Sadly, Garry didn’t get the chance to read his daughter’s letter. He passed away on the 12th of August.

Transcript follows. Image courtesy of the Newlove family, via Farrah.

Image: The Newloves/Farrah


To daddy

I am unable to see you right now as you are to ill but I know you can fight this as you are a strong, loving man who I know loves me no matter what. I am asking you to be strong and don’t give in as I love you too much to believe that you won’t go without a fight. I had a dream last night that you woke up & you were fine except you didn’t know me at all! If that did happen & you didn’t know me, I would still try to help you remember. I will stick by you while you are in hospital & I will take care of mummy. I can’t get across to you how much I will miss you & I don’t know what I would do without you. You have always been there for me when I am down & you always put a smile on my face (even if it is a rubbish joke) You meen the world to me & I wouldn’t change you for the world. When you get out of here I will be there with a big smile on my face. I hope you can hear me ryt now as I hope it will give you more strength & determination as to wake up. I thought I saw nana newloves face in the TV last night and I keep seeing her. I know she is here with you looking out for you & is probably offering cornflakes or thortons toffee. I love you with all my heart so please don’t give in. We are all taking care of you and mummy.

We will deeply miss you & I want you to know you are the best dad anyone can ask for. I love you so much & I do hope you can fight this. I love you! from your darling daughter who loves you so much & from the whole family! WE LOVE YOU!! & DON’T GIVE IN!! xxxxxoooxxx