Par­ents’ plea for run­ners to join Nathan trib­ute event

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AF­TER a suc­cess­ful first event last year, Visiter read­ers are be­ing in­vited to take part in fundrais­ing runs in mem­ory of Nathan Wil­son.

Nathan, 17, from Water­loo – one of iden­ti­cal twins – took his life on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2013, and par­ents Len and Gail are de­ter­mined that his death will not be in vain.

They are cam­paign­ing to raise aware­ness and funds for War­ring­ton­based na­tional char­ity Papyrus – Pre­ven­tion of Young Suicide.

Nathan’s 10K and 5K runs will start at Crosby Leisure Cen­tre in Mariners Road, Crosby, at 10am on Sun­day Septem­ber 9. The course is along the prom­e­nade and grassy paths. Run­ners are ad­vised to get there by 9.30am.

Len Wil­son said: “There will be plenty of goody bags for chil­dren with five lo­cal su­per­mar­kets do­nat­ing items.

“And, as last year, we have raf­fles on the day. Prizes in­clude a signed Liver­pool FC shirt, a signed Ever­ton FC foot­ball – and, do­nated to us di­rectly, we have a signed Jamie Car­ragher shirt with a signed, framed photo of John Barnes.

“And Marine FC has do­nated a fam­ily ticket for a home game.

“There are tro­phies for the fastest three males and fe­males for both the 10K and 5K.

“To en­ter, just Google ‘Leonard Wil­son is fundrais­ing for Papyrus’ and click on to the site. It is £10 to en­ter us­ing this JustGiv­ing page, and please state in the mes­sage box if you are run­ning 10K or 5K. There is also a 5K walk, but, sorry, no tro­phies for this.”

Re­gard­ing the in­au­gu­ral event, Len said: “It raised £6,040 on­line, with an ad­di­tional £1,000 plus go­ing di­rectly to Papyrus. We had 78 run­ners and about 50-60 walk­ers.

“We also had about 60 spec­ta­tors and 30 or so won­der­ful vol­un­teers, of which Ever­ton In The Com­mu­nity pro­vided nine. They are all he­roes.

“Suicide is a very se­ri­ous sub­ject – you could not get more se­ri­ous – but just as last year we wish the day to be a fun day. ay

“And we want Nathan’s 10K/5K – and other events – to be the cat­a­lyst to take away the taboo and stigma of suicide. Let’s talk about it.

“A great many young sui­cides do not have a his­tory of mental health. It needs to be dis­cussed and tack­led as a spe­cific, preva­lent and grow­ing is­sue.”

Nathan’s par­ents be­lieve that with bet­ter­funded schools and mental health ser­vices, a big­ger clam­p­down on bul­ly­ing and a more open at­ti­tude to suicide and its causes, their son’s suicide – and the ma­jorit ma­jor­ity of oth­ers – could have been pre­vented.

Nathan, they have said, could have been as­sessed for, and di­ag­nosed with, Asperger’s syn­drome – as his twin brother, Curtis, was, although this only hap­pened af­ter Nathan’s death.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion you can con­tact Len on 07786150146 or email len. wil­son54@gmail.com

For con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion and sup­port about young suicide call HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 or visit www. papyrus-uk.org

Nathan Wil­son, left, with twin brother Curtis and, right par­ents Gail and Len

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