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Tributes to local campaigner, Matthew Percy

We are deeply saddened by the news that Matthew Percy, who was an active member of UK Youth Parliament in Suffolk between 2012 – 2014, has died.

Matthew was a well-known and committed campaigner in Ipswich and beyond, being involved with a number of organisations, forums and projects both locally and nationally.

Here is what some of our young people who had the pleasure of working alongside Matthew have said:

“He was a champion…we were lucky to have him in Suffolk UKYP”

“Matthew will not become another statistic, he was a truly caring and funny individual who worked tirelessly to give a voice to the vulnerable. He taught me what it was to be a true campaigner”.

“Matthew was dedicated and devoted to helping people & making a difference here in Suffolk. He helped to benefit others.”

Matthew will be truly missed but never forgotten. He was a true inspiration to those he worked with, supported and fought for. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matthew’s family and friends at this time.

If you are feeling upset or want to talk the following services provide private and confidential support:

For under 18 year olds – ChildLine, call free on 0800 1111, speak to a counsellor online or visit the explore section for information and advice on a range of topics.

For 18 years and over  – Samaritans, call 08457 90 90