Bereaved parents of a man who took his life after becoming addicted to gambling are set to receive royal accolades at Windsor Castle today.
Jack Ritchie took his life in 2017 at the age of 24 after becoming addicted to gambling while he was in the sixth form of his school.
Parents, Liz and Charles Ritchie, will both receive MBEs at the investiture after setting up the charity Gambling with Lives in 2018.
The couple, from Sheffield, have long argued that gambling-related suicide is directly linked to addictive betting products and the industry’s “predatory” marketing practices.
Liz Ritchie said: “We never wanted to be here, but we gratefully accept these awards as recognition of the families who walk with us to warn others about the dangers of gambling.
“Most of all, these awards mean the many who died, like our son Jack, have been seen.”
Charles Ritchie said: “Thanks to the campaigning of the Gambling with Lives families, in April, the Government announced reforms that would never have happened otherwise. These awards are for all the bereaved families and all those they’ve lost.”
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