Grandad found hanged had ‘begged’ for support

Jade Wolstenolme with daughter Amy (three) and son Connor (eight).
Jade Wolstenolme with daughter Amy (three) and son Connor (eight).
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A brave mum whose young daughter lost her leg to meningitis has spoken of her heartbreak at the death of her father.

Jade Wolstenholme, 24, said her father was her “rock” and regularly helped out by taking her young son to school.

Anthony Wolstenholme

Anthony Wolstenholme

She said her dad, Anthony Wolstenholme, was a great man who battled with mental illness.

The mum of two, from Normoss, said after helping her three-year-old daughter Amy battle meningitis, she was devastated when her dad died aged just 51.

She said: “I have suffered a great loss. He was just a great man but in the last six weeks he suffered a nervous break-down.

“I am just glad he was around to help – the children were his motivation in life.”

An inquest into Mr Wolstenholme’s death on May 19 heard he had repeatedly asked to be admitted to hospital in the weeks leading up to his death.

Miss Wolstenholme said: “I feel there has been neglect – he was begging for help.”

But the inquest heard a string of medical professionals found no cause to section Mr Wolstenholme.

Despite a history of substance abuse, a toxicology report found he had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he was found hanged at his Grange Park home.

Senior coroner for Blackpool and Fylde Alan Wilson recorded a narrative verdict into the death.

He said: “From the evidence available it cannot be established whether he intended to take his own life.”