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4 October 2016, 12:43
James O'Brien Helps Heartbroken Dad
This Dad's heartbreaking plight touched James so much, it prompted him to do something he's never done before.
Jake broke down as he told James O'Brien about how he can't afford to visit his daughter who tried to take her own life last week. It touched James so much, he did something he's never done before.
Jake's daughter tried - and fortunately failed - to commit suicide after being bullied online and at school. He is desperate to go and see her in Chester, but he simply can't afford the £90 train fare.
He broke down as he told James how hard he found not being able to comfort his daughter.
And his story affected James so much, he immediately offered to pay for the fare and put him on a train today.
During the call, Jake broke down as he said: "She's very intelligent, she's very thoughtful, very forgiving and for the last 6-9 months, she's been pickedon at school, on Facebook and Twitter, and on Thursday of last week, she tried to take her own life.
"I'm heartbroken. I've tried to tell her that beauty is skin deep.
"My daughter lives up north and I live in London, so at the moment it's extremely hard to go and be with her. Because I've just been made redundant and the people that are holding my wages means that I can't do nothing.
"I've tried going to the British Transport Police, I've tried going to the council, I've tried going to social services, I've tried jumping on the train, I've tried thumbing a lift to go back and be with her, but it's all just sort of come to nothing."
It was at that point that James decided he had to do something. He had to put his hand in his pocket.
And that's what he did. James insisted on paying the £90 train fare himself.
Thanks to that generosity, Jake caught a train today and is now with his daughter.
LBC listeners were also lining up to help Jake.