'Everyday life is the hard part': Harry Dunn's mum opens up about mental struggle as campaign for justice continues

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Charlotte Charles has only just been able to go shopping six months after Northamptonshire tragedy

Harry Dunn's mother has admitted she has only just been able to go shopping again as the six-month anniversary of the Northamptonshire tragedy approaches.

Charlotte Charles fought back the tears as she opened up about the family's mental struggles while campaigning for justice on ITV's This Morning yesterday (Wednesday, February 19).

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"The ‘Harry work’ as we call it is the easy part as it's governed for us to a certain degree," she told presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles, with his father Tim Dunn in the foregroundHarry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles, with his father Tim Dunn in the foreground
Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles, with his father Tim Dunn in the foreground

"It’s the things that used to be normal, which will never be normal again. They’re the hard parts.

"I’m only just being able to get through doing my supermarket shop. I’ve spent the last five, six months walking in and walking back out.

"You lose your trail of thought. You see Harry’s favourite cereal and his favourite sweets but there’s no point in buying them anymore."

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She added: "They’re the hard parts - everyday life is the hard part," before being handed a box of tissues.

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Harry, 19, died in hospital after being involved in a crash with Anne Sacoolas' Volvo while riding his motorcycle near RAF Croughton in August 2019.

The American woman refuses to return to the UK despite being charged with causing death by dangerous driving and admitting to being on the wrong side of the road.

Charlotte told Eamonn and Ruth that Harry's twin brother Niall is 'up and down' like the rest of the family 'who will not give up'.

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Counselling is also helping her, Harry's mum added, but she is yet to 'scratch the surface' of the grief as they have been focused on the international campaign they launched in September.

The family's spokesman Radd Seiger, who joined Charlotte on the ITV show, said he is sure Sacoolas will return to the UK to face trial.

"I simply would not have started this campaign if I didn’t know what the eventual outcome was going to be," he said.

"I can’t tell you when, but it is simply not going to be acceptable for an American, whoever they are, to come over to this country, take the young life of a precious member of our community and then get on the next plane back home… It’s time, it’s enough."

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Charlotte and Radd recently returned from a trip to the United States to raise further awareness of their campaign, including talking to Fox News Channel.

Sacoolas' lawyer gave a statement to the channel, saying the former CIA officer is 'willing to work with the UK authorities to identify a path forward'.

“Anne is devastated by this tragic accident and would do anything she could to bring Harry back. She continues to grieve for Harry and his family," the statement added.