Pensioner, who was violently abused as a boy in #Quarriers, ticks another wish off his bucket list!

Tommy Hagan is seen smiling as butterflies sit on his face at conservation site

He has suffered extensive abuse as a child after living at Quarriers Home
But he has decided to not let it ruin his life and has created a bucket list
This is the heart-breaking moment a pensioner, who was violently abused as a boy, ticks a goal off his bucket list.

Tommy Hagan, 81, is seen smiling as butterflies sit happily on his face at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

During a video of the experience, which was published by the BBC, he says: ‘I always wanted to see the butterflies.’

But behind his joyous exterior, Mr Hagan has suffered a great deal of pain throughout his life.

From the ages of three until 16, he was brutally beaten while in the care of Quarriers Home, in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mr Hagan, who was placed in the home with his brother Alec after their parents split up, says he was beaten with a belt for minor things such as wetting the bed or not wanting to eat a particular food on the dinner table.

From the ages of three until 16, he was brutally beaten while in the care of Quarriers Home, in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mr Hagan, who was placed in the home with his brother Alec after their parents split up, says he was beaten with a belt for minor things such as wetting the bed or not wanting to eat a particular food on the dinner table.

Alec was later taken away to another home after suffering from seizures as a result of the attacks.

Mr Hagan said he was later told his brother drowned in a bath.

While speaking to the BBC Stories, he said there was a woman and a man who would beat him

Mr Hagan added: ‘They were supposed to look after us but they didn’t do it. The woman carried a belt in her hand all the time. I got beaten every morning.

‘The man pinned me to the floor every morning, he dragged me out of bed then dragged me down the stairs and turned the tap full blast on. I had to sit in the bath freezing cold. My legs started getting red and blue with the cold.’

He later left the home aged 16 and went to work in the agricultural industry.

Since then, he has given evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and met with other survivors.

Despite the horrific abuse he received, Mr Hagan has not let it stopped him from living his life.

He is married and has created a bucket list with the help of Mind Mosaic, an Inverclyde-based charity which offers counselling and therapy for survivors of childhood abuse.

So far, he has ticked off seeing butterflies at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, playing the drums (with the help of drumming school Hit Squad), flown on a plane and been on the Waverley paddle steamer.

Speaking to STV, his support worker from the charity, Elaine Wroe, said: ‘Tommy is just an exceptional man, he’s inspirational.

‘I met him five years ago and have watched him fight his battle to be heard and it’s his time now to have a bit of fun.’

Quarriers was re-branded in the 1980s and is now one of Scotland’s largest social care charities.

It has since been a key part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which was launched on May 31 this year in Edinburgh to find out where, when, why and how the abuse happened.

At the end of the Inquiry, senior judge Lady Smith will publish a report with recommendations and present it to the Scottish Government and Parliament.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5024957/Heart-breaking-moment-pensioner-81-sees-butterflies.html

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