Hannah Clarke died a tragic death, at the hands of her abuser. Now, two years on from the horrific events, her parents, Lloyd and Sue Clarke, have met with the man who tried to save their daughter’s life.
Lloyd and Sue appeared on 97.3 FM’s Robin, Terry & Kip breakfast show to speak about the two year anniversary of their daughter’s death, February 19, and the work of their foundation The Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation which works “to HALT the cycle of domestic violence so that everyone can feel respected, informed, confident to act, and safe.”
During the segment, Lloyd was asked how they are coping as the two-year anniversary draws closer.
“It creeps up on you, we thought it would have been easier as time went on but it tends to get a bit worse. I woke up this morning at 3.30 and for some strange reason, my brain was going through what the kids would be looking like now,” he said.
When asked what the couple were planning to do to commemorate the day, Sue said they “are actually keeping it very low-key.”
“But we are doing a morning tea to thank all the first responders that were there on the day, very low-key just a thank you,” she said.
It was then that Robin, Terry and Kip announced they were bringing in a special guest to surprise the couple. The guest was the man who tried to save their daughter’s life on that tragic day, Ben. Upon entering the studio Ben offered flowers to Sue before thanking Hannah’s parents for meeting with him.
“Thank you so much for having me, it really means a lot to me to meet you guys I really appreciate you taking time. I don’t want to go into details. You don’t want to hear them, but I was there from the start through the middle to the end,” he said.
“I just do real estate signs and I just zig-zag around southeast Queensland. I was in 35 Raven Street and was put off by the car initially, and then this young lady screamed some stuff to me and then hell just happened.
“I want you guys to know I did all I could, I was there at the car, I was screaming ‘Lady, please get out!’ I also want you to know how courageous she is, I’ve never seen anything like that.
“I’ve followed you guys from the start and I’m so proud of your foundation, it is so close to my heart. I’ve gone to a couple of fundraisers, given whatever I had.
“I just want you to know that Hannah and your grandchildren will always have a very, very special place in my heart. I love them dearly and I’m forever sorry that evil found your beautiful family.”
Through tears, Sue thanked Ben.
“Thank you so much it’s wonderful to meet you too and I’m so, so sorry you’ve had to go through this,” she said.
Following the emotional meeting, the trio retreated to a separate room for a private chat off-air.
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