Breck's story


There were so many opportunities within Breck’s story to save him, but people either were not educated or not empowered to be able
to help

The Breck Foundation was set up in 2014 in response to the tragic murder of Breck Bednar, a14-year-old Surrey schoolboy who loved science, computing and gaming.

No one would have expected Breck to be a victim of grooming; he was an 'A' grade student from a loving family

Breck and his friends were groomed by a man who ran an internet gaming server. They were told an elaborate web of lies to gain their trust. Despite many attempts to stop her son from contacting the predator, and to alert him to the fact that he was being groomed, Lorin LaFave was unable to prevent her son’s murder in February 2014.

Breck had ignored the safety advice he had been given by friends and family, and was lured to the predator’s flat by fake promises and lies.


As a result of the tragedy, Lorin founded the Breck Foundation, determined that no other family should have to go through the same ordeal. The charity now delivers powerful presentations using Breck’s story as an example; last year it reached more than 20,000 students, 4,000 parents and 7,000 safeguarding professionals.

Lorin believes that had her son seen the kind of talk that the foundation now presents to schools, he would still be alive today.