Remembering dad on Andrew’s never-ending walk for justice
Andrew John Teague is setting off on the next leg of his walk to show the world the injustices of Parental Alienation.
This time he is setting off from his father’s old address in Billingham, County Durham, to Edinburgh, a walk of 180 miles.
He will be doing it alone for our children… then he will continue to Glasgow.
Indefatigable Andrew has only just returned from Dublin where he took part in a rally with Irish mums, dads and grandparents.
Dozens turned up for the event – including the ‘shirt off my back’ protest – organised by D.A.D.S (dads against double standards) and the Parental Alienation Awareness Association Ireland and International.
Andrew, from Swansea, South Wales, said: “There were dozens who turned up from all over, really warm welcoming people felt so at home with them all.”
He chose to start his latest marathon from Billingham in a mark of respect for his dad who, more than 40 years ago won custody of Andrew’s sister, Helen.
He said: “This was his last address before he passed away.”
This the story of Andrew’s last gruelling marathon walk which took place late last year:
“The trek has taken its toll but he walked into London ahead of schedule – Andrew estimates the walk to London and practice marches have seen him clock-up more than 500 miles.
He said, as he set off on the last leg of his journey: “The biggest task right now is to do 59 miles on feet which are blistered, my shins are a pain, so are the tops of my legs and the front and backs of my feet … my feet absolutely hate me.”
His next steps tomorrow will take him to the doorsteps of power in Downing Street and Westminster on his quest to bring parental alienation to the public eye. Hundreds of people are expected to join him for the final march through the capital on Tuesday.
The walk has been attacked on social media by people who claim it is only being made on behalf of fathers facing parental alienation. However, Andrew has been wearing different coloured shirts along the march to make a silent statement about who the syndrome causes heartache for.
He has worn pink t shirt to represent daughters and granddaughters, blue for sons and grandsons, white for mums, black for dads and red for grandparents and extended families.
The consumerwatchfoundation.com will report on the final march on the seats of power.
The London march is the culmination of a year-long campaign by the 20,000 members of D.A.D.S and other groups in the UK – and across the world – to get the Parental Alienation recognised as a criminal offence.
Still nursing the blisters from his walk, Andrew said: “Changing laws doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and sadly its our children who suffer.
We need to educate people and we need to push for reform. It boils down to our rights as parents and the rights of our children to be in a loving relationship with both the people who brought them into the world.”
Just over a year ago Andrew, his partner Sophie David and a group of people who had lost contact with their children, got together and began fighting back, fighting the parents who alienated them, fighting the social workers who stack the odds against them, fighting the courts which are guided by the social workers and fighting the indifference their plight is met with by society.
The first thing they did was set up the Facebook page, D.A.D.S (dads against double standards) and their social media quest to tell the world had begun. Many other groups across the UK and the world are making their own protests
Members of D.A.D.S have been carrying out major campaigns including The Shirt off My Back where campaigners gather outside their local court house and leave a shirt festooned with the names of parents who have lost contact with their child as a protest.
Dozens of court houses across the UK have become focal points for these peaceful protests.
Parental alienation happens when a child, usually one whose parents are in a high-octane separation or divorce, allies himself with one parent and rejects the other without justification.
The real tragedy is that parental alienation can damage the mental health of children who can be riddled with guilt, sadness, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.
The new DVD will focus on the damage parental alienation has on the minds of children.
Andrew said: “We have got some of the UK’s leading experts in parental alienation on board and they are helping us in many ways but one of the main focuses at the moment is to get this educational video made so we can tell those in power in their own homes and their offices exactly what this awful syndrome does to our children.”