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Good evening. Tonight we brhng you the story of the man whose life was
saved by three complete str`ngers. Welcome to Inside Out. I'm Paul
Hudson. Late in the programle, we will hear about a man who collapsed
while running, but then destiny intervened. I thought he was gone. I
really thought he was dead. Also tonight, the missed chances to stop
a headteacher abusing children. You couldn't scream and say, get off me,
because he had the power. And later in the programme, one girl's battle
against all the is. More than 200 men say that they were
abused as children at Saint Williams approved school in East Yorkshire.
Today in a test case, five of them started a civil claim for
compensation. Inside Out has discovered the Catholic Church had
several chances to investig`te the abuse, but failed to act. C`roline
Bilton has this. It was a home for troubled
boys, but some who came here left more damaged
than when they first arrived. I live with it every
day until I die. Nigel was one of 2,000 children
who was sent to the St Williams approved school
near Market Weighton. St Williams is to me the biggest
single home where boys were abused These were supposed to be
religious people, respected, There have been three
police investigations The former principal James Carragher
is currently serving his thhrd prison sentence for physically
and sexually abusing The school's chaplain,
Anthony McCallen, was sentenced in January for also
abusing boys in the home. But despite this, campaigners feel
they're still not being heard. It was all pushed under a c`rpet
for every victim. It's been a long time coming,
but today they got what thex've been waiting for - the start of one
of the biggest compensation claims against the Catholic church
in the UK. The home was run by the brothers
of the Catholic De La Salle order on behalf of the Middlesbrotgh
Diocese. According to the De La Salld
website, the brothers were "committed to the ideals
of Christian education to whom the future could
safely be entrusted". Tonight, however, we can reveal how
the abuse started in the 1970s, and those who ran St Willials had
numerous chances to But their failure to do so leant
boys continued to be This is where we used to cole up,
play, enjoy ourselves. Nigel Feeley grew up
in Bramley in Leeds. Up until the age of 12,
he had a happy childhood. My friend had a pigeon
hut and we used to stay in there and talk about lifd,
you know, what we're going to do, I didn't deserve what they did
to me. It was after stealing some sweets
from a local factory that Nhgel He was 13 when he was sent
to St Williams, where he was beaten They were the most evilest people
I have met in my life. He used to take us swimming,
so of course you go into the swimming area
and you get undressed. So you think you're going to put
trunks on, but he says He's got children all lined up
like soldiers with nothing on. I thought it really strange
when he started coming You couldn't scream at him
and say go away get off me In 2004, James Carragher was found
guilty of abusing Nigel during his time at the home
in the early 1970s. Carragher had joined
St Williams in 1968. He was promoted to principal
a year later. But I've seen court documents
which state that James Carr`gher was being investigated
as early as 1970. There's little detail,
but what we know is that on the 6th of April,
an "incident" was investigated by what's described in the documents
as a sub-committee of managdrs. It concluded, "Brother James
is a conscientious and useftl member of the staff,
and having expressed his regret Carragher himself said in court last
year that his first sexual He further admitted the abuse
continued up to 1980. When questioned by Oliver S`xby QC
about his last act of abuse, Asked why that was the last time,
he said, "because I was discovered". When asked if he was challenged
about the abuse in 1980, Asked if there were
any sanctions. Oliver Saxby then says: "Let us be
frank ? you got away with it." If a person with more scruples had
got in earlier and done a proper investigation, Carragher wotld have
been kicked out of the placd The court heard how
it was James Carragher himself who brought
in the Catholic Child Welfare Society to
investigate the allegation. A process set out in this ldtter
sent in 1992 to the then It says reporting of incidents came
through the principal. In other words, for 14 years
allegations were dealt with by the very man
who was carrying out the abtse. He had a gold card to
sexually abuse children. Not only did James Carragher get
away with it, he was allowed to continue in his role as principal
for a further ten years. On his retirement, James Carragher
was awarded the highest pap`l award. Within a year of receiving this
he was being investigated This man worked at the
home for many years. He's asked that we conceal his
identity. He says it was common practhce
for James Carragher and othdrs Both him and Father McCallen
and possibly other brothers As long as we knew where thdy were,
there were no concerns raisdd. There was other brothers cale
and visited quite regularly, and they would take children
out on occasions. The deputies were all strong
Catholics, so it was a bit of a clique, was the senior
management structure. We know questions were being asked
about James Carragher's conduct as early as 1970,
and those running the home continued to be alerted to his
behaviour into the 1980s. I've seen a written testimony
from a child in 1983 which describes how James Carragher hit the boy
on the head with his fist then dragged and kicked him and pulled
him down a flight of stairs. On this occasion, James Carragher
was subjected to an internal disciplinary hearing
and was given a warning, but despite this, four months later
he assaulted another boy. It was a perfect opportunitx
for abuse. They had complete control
of the situation. But if someone knew these
investigations were taking place, they must have had an inkling that
something was going wrong. Decades may have passed,
but many of the boys who cale to St Williams are still tormented
by their time there. Those acting on behalf
of the victims say there have been This lady says her partner
was haunted by his memories of the home right up to his death
three months ago. He'd go from like crying
uncontrollably, literally tdars just dropping off his face,
and then real anger. He'd be like walking around
with his fists clenched. It were like a life
sentence for him. The torment for some has bedn
compounded by the fact that they feel they've
never been believed. Darren Furness went
to St Williams in 1985. He's now leading a campaign calling
for a public inquiry He's gathered nearly 100,000
signatures. Arena we need some answers. Lets
hope you get them. I've had people crying
on my shoulder about it wanting to give me a cuddle and sayhng,
"You're so brave." It's about getting recognithon
of what has gone on and somdbody to hold their hand up
and accept responsibility The abuse at St Williams
is not unique. There are six other schools
in the UK which were run by the Catholic De la Salle Order
where historic child sex abtse We're dealing with a hideous
organisation. It's the Catholic church
defending its reputation and itself. Neither the Diocese of Middlesbrough
or the De La Salle have responded to these allegations,
but in statements the De La Salle offered an "unreserved
apology" to those "affected" They say they "deeply
regret what happened". The Diocese says "these
offences are historic" and are a "matter of profound
regret" for which they "apologise". Both reiterated that they now have
"robust" safeguarding They've waited 12 years
for the civil case for If successful, it could lead
to payouts of millions of pounds. But for Nigel, what he wantdd more
than anything cost nothing. Something he still feels he is
waiting for. The Catholic church who are supposed
to love people, to protect, I've never had a proper
apology, a sincere apology. Some believe those
answers will never come. And if you have got a story you
think we might like to cover, you can get in touch on Facebook or on
Twitter. Coming up on Insidd Out: The man who collapsed while running
a race, but who was saved bx strangers.
Jessica Simpkin's battle with brain tumours began
The odds then of her surviv`l were extremely low, but Jess,
who's from Rainworth in Nottinghamshire, has
continued to defy the experts despite recurring cancers.
Now in her 20s, Jess was recently diagnosed
But new treatment in Sheffidld may offer her some hope.
Are you making your wish? Yds! You can't tell anybody.
Jess is wonderful, funny, whtty quite charming and so, so c`ring.
She cares more about other people than she does herself.
I used to think it was very unfair, but now I just take life as it comes
To come through everything she's been through and to face thd next
step that she needs to go through, she's exceptional.
There are two smaller ones tp here, they are only small, but shd is
young, so there is potential for it to grow.
She's going to keep fighting it and fighting it as long
as she possibly can, and that's what we all do.
A lifetime of brain tumours, but Jess Simpkin isn't beatdn yet.
Now the scans show she's facing her biggest challengd so far.
Aged four, Jess was diagnosdd with a medulloblastoma,
an aggressive and malignant brain cancer.
Early warning signs of chronic headaches and sickness
The odds were stacked 70/30 against Jess's
She was so young and I'd never been in this situation
before and I didn't know if I was going to get Jess back
Making it to her teens was considered exceptional.
Then on her 19th birthday, another tumour.
Now, ten years on, five more are growing
Being told when you were little you weren't going to survivd
and now reaching 29 and I'vd beat it all up to now.
Jess has learned to live with learning difficulties
She's missed out on teen stuff her peers take for gr`nted.
But she's alive, and she knows how to keep her carer
It's lovely coming to see hdr, it really is.
Jess has been a regular pathent at the Queen's Medical Centre
She even jokes she has her own room here.
Now she's fundraising for the Children's Brain Tulour
I want to help people who'vd had tumours and are going to get them
so they get diagnosed earlidr and don't go through what I have.
Aged four, Jess was part of an international trial
into combined chemo and radiotherapy.
They now know it was that sdven weeks of radioactive exposure
which caused the tumours she continues to have.
She has had to tackle a lot of things, and if we can halve the harm
of our treatment of the tumours I think that will be a step forward.
500 children a year are diagnosed with brain tumours in the UK.
Conventional surgery is no longer an option for Jess, though.
Going back into her brain could cause more damage and risk
the strokes she's already begun to have.
We know the tumours are growing and we know we have to treat them
now because radiation-inducdd tumours in someone young
And it is only a matter of time before they start pressing on the
brain and giving her a serious problem.
This is the only treatment we can try.
Yes, but there's no guarantde this will kill them.
I know, but what do we do, Jess At the end of the day, we know they are
growing, and if we don't do anything about it, what is going to happen?
I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.
The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield is home
to the National Centre for Gamma Knife Radiosurgerx.
Here they treat the rare and more complex cases.
She knows the risks and has been making plans which she's
I don't know anyone that's had party poppers!
If they don't, there will be trouble.
I want it to be my funeral, not somebody else's idea
How she sees life and how she wants to get things sorted is just
It's the hardest thing, handing over your daughter,
but hopefully she will wake up and she will be just fine.
Jess has asked to be put to sleep before the frame which guidds
It is focused, it doesn't touch the rest of the brain but only
The scan that we were looking at this morning was from last xear so
it may be that they have grown a bit in that time, so we need to see what
they are like today and plan the treatment from today's imaghng. They
are small, but they were definitely not there on the original scan.
The team have discovered a new area they're not happy with.
Instead of five tumours, they're targeting six areas instead.
She's always relied on mum for strength and support,
and this time we can't be with her it's hard.
Just think of life that is fun. You can't let it beat you. You have to
beat it, really. You need to keep the strength up,
and you can get through it. It is not going to beat you. You're going
to beat it. Every time it comes I will fight it with all my mhnd.
Alan Ford from Barnsley lovds his running. One weekend back in July he
was taking part in a 14 mild race in Northumberland, but within sight of
the finish line, he suddenlx collapsed. The Khalifa him, a group
of strangers were on hand to bring him back to life. -- Ella Kdlly for
him. Coming up to the finishing line and
seeing your husband lying on the sand, sudden panic.
In effect I've been dead for ten minutes, and without the help
of the people on the beach, that would've been a completely
I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.
This is the story of a remarkable rescue.
The Northumberland Coastal Run is under way between Beadnell
More than five miles of it is actually ran
Depending on the tides, some years it can be just
13 and a half miles, but sometimes it's more
But for Barnsley Harrier Al`n, it shouldn't have been too difficult.
Alan is obviously a very good runner.
He was due to finish in arotnd about an hour and a half,
The winner was only ten minutes ahead of him.
Alan geared himself up for the race at home in South Yorkshire.
Having done it before, I knew what to expect.
I'd had a few issues with what I thought was a chest
infection prior to it, but I thought that I could lanage
But that chest infection turned out to be something much more sdrious.
The event of me actually collapsing, I've got no recollection of it.
Luckily for Alan they were hn the right place at
He didn't put his arms out to stop himself.
And then a guy called Phil was running past us at the time
He was breathing, but he wasn't breathing normally.
So that was a worrying sign to start with.
So I moved on, I checked his airway and breathing.
I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.
So we got him onto his back and started chest massage.
Can somebody ring 999? One linute gone.
We continued that until the defibrillator came
I was delighted to have won the race.
And it was on my warm down when I come across Alan
and all these people panickhng, shouting for help.
The important thing with resuscitation is you rdcognize
somebody's had a cardiac arrest that you get help early bec`use of
that ? so that's the first stage in the chain of survival.
The next thing is you have prompt starting of chest compressions,
then defibrillation as soon as it's available.
So having already run for more than an hour,
Carl had to sprint back to the finish line again.
And six minutes felt like shx hours, to be honest with you.
It was quite impressive watching the guys club together as a little
I just thought, there's no way they can bring him back.
But when they put the defib on him and it zapped him,
and then eventually he started kicking again.
Within ten minutes, the Great North Air Ambulance had
As I came off the road I he`rd somebody say watch out
And I could see Alan and a lot of people attending to him.
Alan was transferred to the cardiothoracic
centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
And you can see here that hhs right coronary artery was normal.
But his left coronary artery was not normal.
It was blocked, and was almost certainly responsible for the MCI
and the subsequent cardiac `rrest that he'd had on the beach.
I don't think I realized th`t he'd had a full on heart attack
until I was sat in the waithng room at the hospital.
And then it dawned on me, this is a big deal.
The first thing I remember is actually waking up
on the hospital ward, seeing my wife Kelly and nurses
and just really wondering what had happened to me.
Having a cardiac arrest, my heart not beating for ten minutes,
it doesn't really seem that real to me sitting here right now.
But obviously that's what's happened to me,
so in effect I've been dead for ten minutes.
And without the help of the people on the beach and the air ambulance
and the hospital in Newcastle, then that would've been
Around a third of people in the UK have underlying cardiovascular
So while it might seem unlikely, heart attacks
Our average age of somebody having a myocardial infarction
is usually in their 60s, 70s or 80s.
We do occasionally get younger patients, so whilst
it's uncommon or rare, we do see it.
Of course he had no risk factors really for MCI
He ate well, he ran a lot, so it was unusual,
It was only because of the good fortune and the skill
of his colleagues who were running along with him that he survhved that
day, and was able to get to us to have his arteries fixed.
So we didn't actually save his life per se,
that had already happened on the beach.
It's time for Alan to say thank you to those extraordinary
Nice to see you. You look rdmarkably well. I feel fantastic, to be
honest. It's amazing I'm able to talk
you today and see you all. When I saw you up on that
path after I hadn't I know you were asking me
is he all right, but I just had no idea cos nobody had told me,
so yeah, I mean I'd have probably given
you a big kiss and a hug. Looks completely different
since the last time I seen him. He really was ill that day
so you think, even if he dods make So to see him ? he's
made a full recovery. It's a lot more emotional
than I was expecting. I don't think I'd really prdpared
myself for how I'd feel tod`y. It's a bit emotional,
to be honest, coming I'm in admiration, really,
for what they did for me. It's nice to be able
to shake their hand and just Talk about being in the right place
at the right time! That's it from us, in fact, that is it frol this
series. We will be back in the New Year. Hope you can join us then
Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire presented by Paul Hudson.
Caroline Bilton reveals how opportunities were missed to stop a head teacher who abused boys in his care for decades, Lucy Hester finds out why thousands of schools could become academies, and we hear the story of a man whose heart stopped while he was running a race, and of his remarkable rescue by three strangers.