Tees launched in memory of young truckie

After battling mental health issues, truckie Tom Seccombe took his own life three months ago – now his family are doing what they can to raise funds in support of others struggling with their mental health.

Seccombe absolutely loved his trucks and had achieved so much before losing his mental health battle at just 29 years of age.

He ran a successful transport business, alongside his mother, in NSW’s North Coast. The fleet featured his beloved Kenworth T904, alongside a couple of other Kenworths, and a special truck dubbed ‘Last Frontier’ which his father had owned years before – a 1985 Kenworth SAR. They were all decked out in chrome.

“He would take so much pride in entering these trucks into any truck show he could, spending all hours of the night before ensuring everything was polished,” his family said.

In honour of Seccombe and fellow truckie Mark Haines, who also lost his life to suicide, a convoy was held in Coffs Harbour in November to raise money for Lifeline North Coast – with plans to repeat the event this year.

Now Seccombe’s family have designed t-shirt in memory of their much loved son, brother, uncle and friend. The t-shirts are available in adults and kids sizes, with all profits from their sale donated to Lifeline North Coast.

All t-shirts are made to order, with the first round of pre-orders closing this Sunday January 16. They can be ordered by clicking here.

Lifeline North Coast (NSW)provides a telephone crisis support service, delivered by volunteers who are skilled and equipped to assist those who call by providing support to people in crisis and referral options. The organisation also provides other community services including general face-to-face counselling, free problem gambling counselling and education sessions, free financial counselling, ASIST suicide intervention and safeTalk workshops.

If you or someone you know needs support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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  1. Sad to hear about Tom Seccombe’s passing. I’ve been in that sort of head-space myself, on a number of occasions. I managed to get over it by sheer willpower & bloody-minded determination. Unfortunately, not everyone can overcome the ‘black-dog’. I got out of main-stream trucking before it did me in. I still miss driving the big rigs; but, I had to be sensible and survive. What with government and police always hassling us drivers; and, freight companies constantly ‘screwing’ us with low rates of pay; I came to the conclusion that my sanity was more important. My sincere condolences to Tom’s family. I know what you are going through, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Let’s hope Tom’s busy teaching the angels how to drive a ‘Kenny’ along that big highway in the sky. Vale Tom and RIP.

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