A WEM man whose wife took her own life says he will never get answers as to what led her to do it.

Lesley Ann Farrow, 55, died in April this year and left a note for her husband Jeremy, Shropshire coroner John Ellery heard on Thursday, August 17.

Mr Farrow told the court that while his wife had had issues with her mental health in the past, she had enjoyed a weekend of celebration leading up to her birthday.

He said that she was as close to herself 'as he had seen for a long time', had returned to her work at M&G and had celebrated her day.

He insisted to the court that ‘something must have happened’ to cause Mrs Farrow to then take her own life after drinking ‘half a bottle of port’.

Shropshire coroner John Ellery told Mr Farrow that he was satisfied that his wife took her own life and explained that an inquest is to explain how things happened and not why.


Mr Farrow paid tribute to his wife, with who he had three children, believing it was ‘a sad way to end 20 years of marriage’.

He added: “I’m never going to know what happened which is very frustrating.

“It gives me some comfort that she had a good weekend before because she had been in a bad place, but I thought we were very much getting over it.

“She was a much-loved, wonderful mum.”

A spokesman for M&G said: “We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for Lesley’s family. Lesley was a valued colleague and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and her friends.

“We take our duty of care to all of our colleagues incredibly seriously. We seek to ensure that all colleagues are appropriately supported in the workplace, both from a physical and mental well-being perspective.

“We will continue to do all that we can to support Lesley’s family and impacted colleagues.”

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