Son of Ripper victim shares his inspirational story with students

Son of Yorshire Ripper victim, Richard McCann at Halifax Trinity Acadamy, with Team Speak providing motivation to pupils at the school'Pictured are Abigail Nixon, 16, Oliver Zabukas, 16, Lee Jackson and Richard McCann
Son of Yorshire Ripper victim, Richard McCann at Halifax Trinity Acadamy, with Team Speak providing motivation to pupils at the school'Pictured are Abigail Nixon, 16, Oliver Zabukas, 16, Lee Jackson and Richard McCann
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STUDENTS at Trinity Academy heard an inspirational talk from the son of a Yorkshire ripper victim.

Richard McCann visited the school for a day funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

He was five when his mother Wilma was killed by Peter Sutcliffe. He now shares his story on how he has overcome adversity and explains how to build confidence and celebrate life’s positives.

He spent the day running workshops and acvitivies with sixth form students and also taught presentation techniques and public speaking.

Principal Michael Gosling said: “Students found the day fantastic, moving and challenging.

“They came away with new skills and confidence, all of which will prove invaluable as they take steps towards university or the world of work.

“Richard was simply inspirational and showed students that nothing is impossible and when life creates a barrier to your dreams you simply have to work out how to overcome this.”

Steve Duncan, chief executive of the foundation, said: “Richard McCann has an inspirational story to tell, his workshops not only tell his story but focus on the key strategies that helped him to grow, beyond just surviving and create the life he wanted his story really can inspire and the pupils at Trinity Academy have really benefited from the event.”