Tragic Gloucester pupil Oliver Davies' final wish was to help others
"KIND, generous and thoughtful" sixth former Oliver Davies' last wish was simply to help other people.
The 17-year-old, from Tuffley, died in April.
In a suicide note, he asked for his organs to be donated for transplant and for his possessions to be given to friends or "those truly in need".
He also asked that his death should not be reported to fellow pupils at Beaufort Community School until after exams were over, so that they would not be disrupted.
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Oliver was found hanged from the bridge over the A38.
An inquest heard in Gloucester he had experienced a "troubled childhood". The coroner was told he took his own life because he felt he could not live in a world "full of pain".
County deputy coroner David Dooley recorded a verdict of suicide on Oliver, of Thoresby Avenue.
"He was obviously a valued and talented student at school and was on track for a university education," said the coroner.
"So why did he act in this fashion? The note he left reflects both sadness and apology for his actions but also reflects his depression over what he perceived at that time to be a world full of pain which he could do little to change.
"He appears to have had a very kind nature. His final wish was for organ donation – and a number of his organs were duly taken for transplant – and for his belongings to be given either to his friends or those truly in need.
"He was obviously a very kind, generous and thoughtful young man in nature.
"But he was clearly suffering erratic mood changes – from being positive about university for example, to negative moods reflected in the week before his death when his mother stated he was lying on his bed most of the time ruminating on his life."
He had recently considered joining the Army but had decided against it and was instead doing A-levels in English, media studies.
Beaufort head teacher Malcolm Bride said in a statement to the inquest that Oliver was a quiet and studious pupil who worked hard and was unfailingly polite.
Prior to his death the school had no concerns at all about him.
"His death came as a severe and unexpected shock to our school community," said Mr Bride. The Citizen has been running a campaign to encourage people to become organ donors. To join, call 0300 1232323 or visit www. organdonation.nhs.uk.