Hal­loween bash helps raise cash

Fam­ily re­mem­ber beloved dad

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Kirsten Mc­stay

A Hamil­ton fam­ily who lost their dad to sui­cide held a char­ity Hal­loween night in his mem­ory.

Ja­son Yates, from Ed­dle­wood, was only 46 when he took his own life in Fe­bru­ary last year.

And last week his chil­dren Sa­man­tha and Dean along with friends and fam­ily, hosted a Hal­loween party in aid of char­ity FAMS (Fam­i­lies Af­fected by Mur­der and Sui­cide).

The evening, which was held in Low Wa­ters Min­ers’ Wel­fare, raised over £1870 from ticket sales and raf­fles.

Sa­man­tha, who is train­ing to be a nurse, said they re­ally wanted to do some­thing in her dad’s mem­ory.

She ex­plained: “After my dad passed away through sui­cide, I had been think­ing for ages about what I could do in his hon­our, but I didn’t know where to start. When I was telling my friends about it we came up with the idea of host­ing a char­ity night in his remembrance.

“FAMS are a char­ity who pro­vide ser­vices for peo­ple af­fected by mur­der and sui­cide and I have vol­un­teered for them for around a year now.

“After dad’s sui­cide I went to them and they helped me. I wanted to give them the recog­ni­tion they de­serve by do­nat­ing all the funds raised to them.

“They do amaz­ing work and with the alarm­ing sui­cide rates, I felt it was the right char­ity to give the funds to.”

Sa­man­tha said it was the help from her friends and fam­ily that made the night was such a suc­cess and added: “I couldn’t have brought the night to­gether with­out Demi Rankin, Stephanie Mclean, Amy Fer­gu­son, Lau­ren Mccabe, Louise Rank­ine and my brother Dean. They were amaz­ing and any kind of ex­po­sure for FAMS is great for rais­ing aware­ness.”

Rais­ing aware­ness All funds from the evening went to FAMS Sorely missed Ja­son Yates passed away aged 46 Pop of colour Sa­man­tha said she couldn’t have hosted the night with­out the girls Fundrais­erssaman­tha and Dean Yates at the party Great ef­forta unicorn and mer­maid en­joyed the evening

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