Ralph And Kathy Kelly

TV and newspapers tend to overuse the phrase “every parent’s nightmare”. This is a story that, sadly, really earns that label. Ralph and Kathy Kelly lost their teenage sons, Thomas and Stuart, in devastating circumstances. In 2012, Thomas was killed in a random one-punch attack in Kings Cross. Three and a half years later, Stuart took his own life. Both boys were 18. The Kellys were twice hit by lightning. This was not grief. It was grief squared. And though it’s hard enough to keep their fragile family together under such stresses, they’re working to create something positive from their pain.


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