Martin Lewis reflects on his mother Susan’s death in horseback riding accident when he was just 11
Martin Lewis has spoken of the death of his mother Susan Lewis as a result of a horseback riding accident when he was 11 years old.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 49, called it a “defining moment” in his life on Tuesday spectacle, during a segment of the 1 Million Minutes campaign where charities are looking for volunteers to volunteer their time and connect with those who feel lonely.
Lewis, of Manchester, lost his mother just before her 12th birthday to a collision with a truck while riding with her sister.
“It was the defining moment of my life”: Good Morning Britain presenter Martin Lewis, 49, spoke of the death of his mother Susan Lewis as a result of a horseback riding accident when he was only 11-year-old on Tuesday’s show (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid)
“One in 30 children will lose a parent before the age of 18 – I was one of those, it was the turning point in my life,” said the money-saving expert in the emission.
Lewis, whose mother has not been pictured, added that he was a patron of the Grief Encounter charity, one of the charities that 1 Million Minutes helps.
Now in its sixth year in a row, the 2021 Million Minutes initiative, which debuted on the show on Wednesday December 1, will roll out across the UK and is backed by a host of stunts and supporters from celebrities, as well as the entire GMB family.
His experience: During a segment of the 1 Million Minutes campaign where charities are looking for volunteers to volunteer their time and connect with those who feel lonely, Lewis said: “One in 30 children will lose a parent before. the age of 18 – I was one of those, it was the defining moment of my life ‘
The project, which asks viewers to pledge time rather than money, has so far seen more than a quarter of a billion minutes since its inception, donated to charities looking for volunteers to connect. with those who feel alone.
In June 2020, Lewis recalled that he had not left his home for six years after his mother died.
Speaking on the BBC Four’s Desert Island Records at the time, he recounted how his “childhood ended that day” and he developed crippling anxiety leaving him unable to leave home because he “couldn’t face” the thought of something else happening. .
He said, “My mom was there one day and she wasn’t the next day and that was it. It was 1984 and you had no advice. My childhood ended that day and I still haven’t finished.
Revealing that he stayed at home all the time except when he was going to school, he continued, “I never left home, I couldn’t leave home.
“Because I wasn’t home when it happened to my mom and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the house because something else could happen.”
The money guru, who is Jewish, explained that he would pretend to be busy with religious events to avoid socializing with his peers outside of school.
“It was very difficult because when all my friends from school went to parties and met girls and things like that, which I would have loved to do, I just couldn’t face it.”
He added, “It was a complete lie, I was a little boy. I was a little boy struggling to face something that no one should face at this age.
Lewis previously opened up about his grief in an interview on Loose Women where he admitted he struggled to talk about the ordeal for decades.
“I am still, 35 years later, deeply marked,” he told the panel. “It was a defining moment in my life.
“It changed the way I act and behave. It was devastating. “We didn’t know what to do. It was in the mid 80’s, you weren’t doing that kind of thing. My father, sister and I have been incredibly injured for so long.
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Devastating impact: Lewis, from Manchester, previously revealed how he hadn’t left his home six years after his mother’s murder (pictured by Good Morning Britain in July 2019)