THE parents of tragic Wigan teenager Toby Hart have spoken of having “closure” after the inquest into their son’s death.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded at Truro coroner’s court yesterday, 14 months since the 16-year-old fell from cliffs in Cornwall.
Toby’s dad Graham told the Evening Post that the inquest had gone as he and his wife Sally had expected and they would now “try to get on with their lives.”
He said: “We have, in a certain way, been looking forward to having this over with so we can draw a line under it. It has all been very difficult for us.
“But now we will get a death certificate for Toby and that makes it very real. There is nothing else left now in terms of the processes, we can move on as best we can.”
The delay between the accident and the inquest is believed to have been so evidence could be collated for Cornwall coroner Dr Emma Carlyon on the response of the emergency services on the tragic day in July 2012.
Graham said: “Thinking back to that day I had no comprehension of how long it took the ambulance to come. But during the inquest we were told it took around 20 minutes and given how remote a location we were in, that is remarkable.
“The coroner was satisfied that nothing more could have been done and so are we, it was a tragic accident.”
The Hart family were asked whether they thought the location of Toby’s accident - Cadgwith Cove - had sufficient safety warnings around the cliffs.
But Graham said extra safety measures was not something the family would be calling for.
He added: “We have been very grateful for the support we have received from the people of Cadgwith, a place we have been on holiday many times.
“If they believe safety notices are required then we will support them in that but it is not something that we will be pursuing.”
Graham, Sally and Toby’s brother Stephen - who live in Lowton - have worked since the accident to raise awareness of organ donation.
Toby, who studied at St John Rigby College in Orrell and Lowton High School, was on the organ donor register and helped improve the lives of several young people after his death.
And the Hart family set up the Toby’s Gift charity campaign earlier this year.
Graham completed a skydive for the charity with Toby’s MP Andy Burnham this summer and Sally plans a trek to Petra, Jordan - one of the wonders of the world - next year.
Graham said: “There is a sense of closure now for all of our family and friends, we will get back and carry on raising awareness for Toby’s Gift.
“We have plenty more plans coming up to promote Toby’s legacy.”