A hardworking young man killed himself because he feared he would never achieve he lifestyle he craved, an inquest heard.
Jack Cropper lived with his devoted girlfriend and was part of a close knit family.
But the 20-year-old desperately wanted a car, designer clothes and his own whitewashed home with top notch furniture, the inquest into his death heard.
He feared he would never be able to afford the life he wanted and vanished after telling him mum I don’t want to be ‘Gypo Jack’ no more mum.
A huge search was launched around the countryside near his home in the village of Whitewell Bottom, near Bacup, Lancs.
But Jack, who lived with his girlfriend in a caravan, was found three days later by his uncle and hanged.
Jack’s devastated mum, Vicky Dunn, now wants to raise awareness of the issues her son was struggling to help others.
She read an emotional letter at his inquest in Burnley and said silly liitle things in life got on top of him.
Mrs Dunn added He wanted all of the things he could see other people having – a house, car and nice clothes – but he couldn’t see that they wanted what he had.
Jack had studied construction at Accrington and Rossendale College, specialising in brickwork and was working with his father at J Cropper Stone.
He was living an independent life in the caravan, which was in his father’s building yard.
But in the week leading up to his death last July he argued with his girlfriend, Shauna Leyland, and was worried about opening a bank account and wanted to change his life.
Mrs Dunn told the hearing My son Jack the lad didn’t have the best childhood but he didn’t have the worst either.
All through school he had feelings of empathy for everyone, his friends, his teachers but he got angry with exams and sums.
He had a teacher to help him who was also a mother to him at school. He would stay over at her house and he was welcomed fully by her children who welcomed him like family.
Jack took care of me and his sisters from a young age and he loved the little things in life, a cup of tea, dressing gown and the telly.
When he was age 14 he worked every day for £5 a day, never moaning about the cold mornings.
I am so proud of him. He had a select few friends and when he was 18 he had the opportunity of a caravan in his dad’s yard. He never asked for anything.
The caravan was his home with his girlfriend Shauna. We spent quality time together and I asked him to come back but he always liked doing it his way.
He was worried about setting up a bank account, getting nice clothes, a car, setting up a ready home with white wash and top-notch furniture that you saw other people have but you felt was out of your reach.
I want Jack to be remembered for who he was not for how it ended – someone whose disease of depression got to him.
He wasn’t mental or a drug addict, he just felt too much, his emotion as being a man, being in love, being under pressure being a good person got too much for him.
He was one of a kind and a hero. I accept it is suicide but I want to try to encourage more people to realise that having a rest is okay and sometimes your mind needs a rest, and it is okay to talk.
My son Jack was my hero and I’m still a proud mum to the end.
She told the inquest how her son had apologised to her for being upset before he went missing.
Mrs Dunn added He said ‘I can’t open a bank account – I don’t even know how to get one’.
But it was things we could have helped him with. We could have sorted the bank account out but life, and the little things got on top of him. He didn’t want to let anyone down.
The hearing was told 24 hours earlier Jack had left work upset and called his father the following day saying ‘I’m sorry dad’.
Jack’s father James said On the Thursday he was a bit distraught because he had been arguing with Shauna and said he was going.
I said that’s fine son. I thought he was apologising for having the day off work, and I told him not to worry about it.
He was happy go lucky, good worker and strong as a horse. He was a hardworking lad, the best worker I’ve ever had.
He was my son and my best pal as well and was brilliant. I just think he got himself into a state.I think what happened was an impulse.
Miss Leyland said she had last seen Jack on the Friday, when he left his dog Poppy at her home.
She confirmed he had previously said in argument that he was going to kill himself, but that she didn’t take him seriously, just thought it was ‘something he said when he was drunk’.
She added I was worried about him from when he left. I called him constantly on the Saturday morning.
I thought that he had left Poppy and would go out and see his friends and then come back in the morning.
He text his friend but not me, I was worried about him.
Recording a conclusion of suicide, Area Coroner Richard Taylor said This was an impulsive act but I cannot avoid that this was a very deliberate act.
He must have felt that he was letting people down. By all of you being here today shows how loved he was.
At the time of Jack’s death, his father said I can’t believe it. It’s been very difficult, we are all struggling.
I am absolutely heartbroken, as is his mother. He had his whole life ahead of him.
He was a very popular lad, everybody loved him, wherever he walked he had friends and people wanted to be his friend. I couldn’t have been more proud of him.
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