I’m heartbroken after my uni graduate sis, 21, was found dead after night out
THE sister of a beautiful graduate has told of her shock when she was found dead after a night out.
Mum-of-one Connah Proudman, 26, couldn’t believe it when her little sister Ellie Boswell, 21, killed herself after a night out in Liverpool.
The restaurant assistant manager told The Sun Online: “She was alive one day and dead the next. There were no signs.
“Absolutely nothing. I was devastated. I don’t even know how I functioned after finding out.”
Connah was left to plan the funeral, which took place just days before what should have been her sister’s 22nd birthday, on October 7.
Ellie, who lived alone in her city centre flat near Moorfields railway station, went on a night out on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
Earlier in the day Connah spoke to her on the phone while she was in the gym.
She said: “Ellie was absolutely fine. Everything was normal.”
It was only when no one had heard from her by Sunday that Connah called the police and Ellie’s body was found in her flat.
Connah, who lives in Frodsham with her nine-year-old son Zaine, said: “No one could get hold of her on the Sunday. That was peculiar because she was always available.
“I knew she’d been out with a friend the night before but the friend said she’d gone home.
“We called the police. At the time I thought she’d been drunk and done something really stupid, but the toxicology report found she was below the drink drive limit.
“She knew what she was doing. She seemed absolutely fine, it’s crazy. There was no letter, no note, no text, nothing. There will never be an answer because she’s gone now and none of us know why.”
Connah said the sisters were “really close” and went “through a lot together”.
“It hurt all the more that she didn’t feel she could talk to me,” Connah added.
“I don’t understand what happened. She was always happy and fun and a typical student. She was really funny.
“I was in a bad way that day we found her. I’ve got a little boy and a little brother who I’m really close with and spends a lot of time with me.
“It was really hard for us all. I had to arrange a funeral by myself. It was really really tough. For the first four months I don’t even know how I survived.”
An inquest ruled Ellie’s death as suicide.
Next month Connah will jump out of a plane to raise money for PAPYRUS, a charity that helps to prevent suicide.
She said: “I’m petrified. It’s 11,000 feet and I’m so scared of heights but you’ve got to put yourself in uncomfortable situations.
“People who choose to take their own lives don’t do it lightly. I don’t want anyone to ever forget about Ellie, she was worth more than that.”
Connah added that losing her sister has made her appreciate life.
She added: “It’s made me appreciate everything a lot more, and focus on doing good instead of not caring.
“I’ve just started a new job and been promoted to assistant manager. I value my time. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Contact the Samaritans
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, contact The Samaritans on 116 123.
They are available for free at anytime.
Or email https://www.samaritans.org/
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
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