Edward Woollard’s parents, Tania Garwood and Mick Garwood would like to send a huge message of thanks to everyone for their messages of support.
“The letters of support for Edward and offers of help to ensure that his education can continue through his sentence have been overwhelming: those words of support are really helping to keep Edward’s spirits up, and I would like to take this opportunity, on Edward’s behalf, to thank the very many people who have sent messages of support,” said Tania Garwood, Edward’s mum.
“We hope that by setting up this website we can keep everyone up-to-date with how Ed is doing and provide a point of contact for anyone who would like to offer their support and an area on the messages of support page, for people to leave a message. Those messages have been an enormous boost to Ed, and to us.
“Edward has always said that what he did was a dangerous and awful thing, and he massively regrets what was a split-second moment of madness: we are all thankful that no-one was hurt.
“What is clear is that Edward has never done anything like this before and he has always been regarded as a hard-working and kind lad, and someone who looks out for other people.” Tania said.
Friends of Edward have been building a Facebook campaign to support Edward, and the Facebook event: Against the Draconian Sentencing of Edward Woollard has already attracted several hundred supporting signatures. There is also a Facebook group Edward Woollard’s continued education, and it is those groups which have provided the catalyst to set up this website, to enable people not on Facebook to contact Edward too.
“We know that Edward is not the only young person to be given an unduly long sentence following an incident during a protest, and by building a support network for Edward we hope to be able to offer support for others too,” said Chris Rawlinson, Edward’s friend and local campaigner.