Published On: Thu, Jun 10th, 2021

Caroline Flack’s best friend Mollie Grosberg discusses charity trek to honour late Love Island host

Caroline Flack‘s best friend Mollie Grosberg has admitted she will ‘never get over’ the late Love Island host’s tragic suicide aged 40.

Mollie, who is a TV producer, appeared on Thursday’s episode of BBC Breakfast where she discussed an upcoming trek to honour Caroline and raise money for the Samaritans this weekend. 

The group will trek 12 hours each day to tackle the iconic mountains across the Lake District, after Caroline tragically took her own life last year aged 40.

Sad: Caroline Flack’s best friend Mollie Grosberg, pictured together, has admitted she will ‘never get over’ the late Love Island host’s tragic suicide aged 40

Caroline was found dead at her home on February 15 2020 after taking her own life, a day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019.

Discussing the upcoming trek and her grief over losing her best friend, Mollie said of Caroline: ‘She is with me every single day, I think everyone who was close to her probably thinks about her everyday.’

The TV producer admitted that she will ‘never get over’ Caroline’s death and that her own mental health has suffered as a result. 

Mollie said: ‘I think it’s hard for anyone who loses anybody that dies, but obviously suicide is quite a tricky thing to get over. For me, personally, my mental health has definitely suffered.

Moving: Mollie, who is a TV producer, pictured, appeared on Thursday's episode of BBC Breakfast where she discussed an upcoming trek to honour Caroline and raise money for the Samaritans this weekend

Moving: Mollie, who is a TV producer, pictured, appeared on Thursday’s episode of BBC Breakfast where she discussed an upcoming trek to honour Caroline and raise money for the Samaritans this weekend 

Important: The group will trek 12 hours each day to tackle the iconic mountains across the Lake District, after Caroline tragically took her own life last year aged 40

Important: The group will trek 12 hours each day to tackle the iconic mountains across the Lake District, after Caroline tragically took her own life last year aged 40 

‘But the Samaritans are an amazing charity, they don’t just help people who are considering suicide, but they help friends and families who have a loved one who is considering suicide.

‘For me it has been a challenge and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over something like this, whether it’s someone you just know a little bit or someone who is a best friend or family member, losing someone this way is a really hard thing to get over.’

Mollie added that working out has helped her and that planning this trek to honour Caroline and raise money for the Samaritans is ‘really important’.

She continued: ‘I have to say one of the things I found is working out is a really good way to get your mind kind of right, so doing something like this, looking forward to a climb, raising money and having a goal is a really important thing for me.’

Heartbreaking: Discussing the upcoming trek and her grief over losing her best friend, Mollie said of Caroline: 'She is with me every single day, I think everyone who was close to her probably thinks about her everyday.' (Caroline pictured in November 2019)

Heartbreaking: Discussing the upcoming trek and her grief over losing her best friend, Mollie said of Caroline: ‘She is with me every single day, I think everyone who was close to her probably thinks about her everyday.’ (Caroline pictured in November 2019)

Mollie was asked whether she would be taking any mementos on the trek, to which the TV producer said she doesn’t need any as Caroline is with her ‘every single day’.

She said: ‘I hadn’t thought about doing that at all, because she is with me every single day, I think everyone who was close to her probably thinks about her everyday. 

‘What we’re doing is so important, she cared about charity so much, she was very empathetic and loving. I think just carrying her in my mind, I have mementos for her like a necklace and a tattoo for her. That will just be enough.’

Mollie added: ‘I think carrying a backpack, boots, the clothes, the stress, all of that is enough.’ 

Discussing the upcoming trek, the TV producer said she was looking forward to recalling her ‘gorgeous memories’ of Caroline with the group.

Sweet: Discussing the upcoming trek, the TV producer said she was looking forward to recalling her 'gorgeous memories' of Caroline with the group

Sweet: Discussing the upcoming trek, the TV producer said she was looking forward to recalling her ‘gorgeous memories’ of Caroline with the group 

Mollie said: ‘I only have gorgeous memories of me and her, and her with other people, I don’t have anything negative at all. So doing this with friends and family of people that loved her, it will be nice to share those things.

‘Whether we do it on the climb, but there will be memories shared and I’ve seriously got loads of gorgeous memories. 

‘My main focus is getting the word out there of the Samaritans, why we’re doing this, how important it is for publicity of this charity and to raise money for them.

‘All of us that are doing it, we’ve got to push each other mentally and have that stamina to get through it, however fit we are.’

Mollie said that everyone taking part in the trek are friends or family with the late presenter’s close pal and personal trainer Bradley Simmonds leading the event.

Touching: Caroline is set to be honoured by her close pals Mollie, Bradley and Olly Murs (pictured with the presenter) with a trek to raise money for The Samaritans this weekend

Touching: Caroline is set to be honoured by her close pals Mollie, Bradley and Olly Murs (pictured with the presenter) with a trek to raise money for The Samaritans this weekend 

She said: ‘Everyone involved is a friend or family, Bradley is leading the climb, he was her trainer and friend, he helped her through some times when she was having some difficulty. She loved working out, so I think this is going to be really good for us too.’ 

Caroline is set to be honoured by her close friends Mollie, Bradley and Olly Murs with a trek to raise money for The Samaritans this weekend.  

The group will trek 12 hours each day to tackle the iconic mountains across the Lake District, after the presenter tragically took her own life last year aged 40.  

Under the banner Climb For Caroline, the group will take on the iconic mountains across the Lake District with Caroline in their hearts and the knowledge that the money raised will help others.

Participants include Mollie, Olly, Lou Teasdale, Bradley, and Nana Acheampong.

Speaking about the cause, Bradley said: ‘I was Caroline’s personal trainer and good friend. I was devastated at the loss and still am. 

Touching: Speaking about the trek, Bradley said he is 'still devastated' by the loss of his close friend Caroline (pictured together in May 2019)

Touching: Speaking about the trek, Bradley said he is ‘still devastated’ by the loss of his close friend Caroline (pictured together in May 2019)

‘I know how much exercise helped Caroline with her mental health so I wanted to create a challenge where her family and friends can come together and do something powerful in her memory. 

‘Hopefully this challenge will raise awareness for others to seek support whilst also raising money for Samaritans.’

Olly also shared his involvement with fans on Instagram, writing: ‘Hi guys, I’ll be taking part in #Climb4Caroline in memory of Cazza this weekend. 

‘A few of us will be trekking 24 peaks in 24 hours to help raise awareness and hopefully help raise vital funds for leading suicide prevention charity @samaritanscharity. If you’d like to support click on the link in my bio!’

On Climb For Caroline, the Love Island host’s family said: ‘Thank you to everyone taking part and to those at home who are supporting us. 

‘Good luck and thank you for taking the time to raise vital funds and awareness for Samaritans.’ 

Tragedy: Back in August, coroner Mary Hassell gave a verdict of suicide, saying: 'I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself' (Caroline pictured 2018)

Tragedy: Back in August, coroner Mary Hassell gave a verdict of suicide, saying: ‘I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself’ (Caroline pictured 2018) 

Sarah Ball, Head of Fundraising at Samaritans added: ‘We are extremely grateful to Bradley for choosing to raise vital funds for Samaritans, which will help us be there at any time of day or night to support anyone who is struggling to cope. 

‘Suicide is complex and every single death by suicide is a tragedy that devastates families, friends and communities. We wish Bradley and Caroline’s friends and family the best of luck on the hills with their fundraising challenge.’  

Caroline was found dead on February 15, aged 40, the day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her model and former tennis player boyfriend Lewis in December 2019.

Back in August, coroner Mary Hassell gave a verdict of suicide, saying: ‘I am entirely satisfied she intended to cause her own death. She hanged herself.

‘I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty, and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity – it would all come down upon her. To me, that’s it in essence.’

It came after her mother, Christine, blasted a senior Met Police officer for appealing against the CPS’s decision to give her daughter a caution after her arrest despite officers finding her at the crime scene with an injury caused by self-harm.

Accusing Detective Inspector Lauren Bateman of treating her more harshly due to her celebrity status, Mrs Flack told the inquest: ‘She (Caroline) cut her arm (to cause serious injury to herself)… and you were putting an appeal in to get her prosecuted, you never bothered to see her.

‘If it had been… an ordinary person, you wouldn’t have prosecuted. I see domestic abuse and I just think you should be disgusted with yourself so there is nothing we can do to bring Caroline back.

‘I hope in hindsight you do regret this. This girl killed herself because you put an appeal through.’

The ‘appeal’ referenced an initial decision by prosecutors to issue Flack with a caution, before DI Bateman, the senior Met officer in charge when the celebrity was taken into custody, applied for a formal charge instead. The final decision would have been made by a senior lawyer. 

For help call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org 

Upsetting: Following her death, a slew of stars and pals flooded social media with tributes (Caroline pictured on Love Island in 2019)

Upsetting: Following her death, a slew of stars and pals flooded social media with tributes (Caroline pictured on Love Island in 2019) 

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