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A new generation
And a brand new age
I wanna fall like rain
On burning pages

– lyrics from Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Hope”

On the morning of 25 August 2010, as I lifted the lid of my Macbook, the song “Hope” started playing. My favourite Fat Freddy’s song, I’d been playing it the night before, and hadn’t shut down the window when I closed the lid of my laptop, so it restarted.

A couple of hours earlier I’d learnt my brother had just died in a car accident.¬†As I listened, my mind and senses were dull, hopeless and anguished beyond anything I’d ever known. The final words of the song: “I wanna promise you Hope for a generation”, were a whisper to stay strong, keep my eyes on the bigger picture, and never give up.

At his funeral, a Salvation Army friend of my brothers came up to me as the casket was being lowered into the poignant grave. “I feel to share with you a scripture”, he’d said: Habbukuk 2: “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”.

And so my vision was born. Here are my stories to share with you, dear Reader.