AS EMMA Armstrong recounted to me the heartbraking last moments of Adam Rogers’ life, her voice wavered and broke.

She told how as Adam lay in his hospital bed she squeezed his hand, desperately willing him to respond.

Her account crackled with emotion.

She was right back there, two years ago, in a summer’s Sunday morning with the achingly poignant words of Adam’s brother Tim running through her mind.

“If you don’t come and see him, you might never see him again.”

She carries these memories each day, waking up in her flat still heavy with his personality from the time they spent there together.

Today on the second anniversary of his death, those recollections - and thousands more belonging to all the people Adam knew or touched during his cruelly short life - will be welling up along with the tears.

Emma, like Adam’s mother Pat, is a teacher and she has pledged to bring the Consequences campaign’s excellent educational package to her pupils.

Listening to her story is painful enough. To have to tell it is a feeling I cannot comprehend.

But it is perhaps the most effective way of getting the Consequences message through.

Dave Rogers’s eulogy at Adam’s funeral sends shivers down the spine.

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His adaptation of this harrowing experience into his story of losing a most precious son continues to draw admiration and huge respect from all those who hear it - from publicans to prisoners.

The letters he receives from criminals reduced to tears are heartfelt and genuine.

Today, Pat and Dave will take some time to grieve for a young man who was brought up in their image and who was everything they hoped he could be.

Then they will carry on to make a difference. First to East Lancashire youngsters, then beyond.

Their strength, and that of Emma’s in telling her story, is a credit to Adam and will ensure that their crucial Consequences campaign is a big success.