In mem­ory of Scott

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

A fundrais­ing ceilidh is be­ing held in mem­ory of Ste­wartry rugby player Scott Car­son.

The 22-year-old was found dead at the fam­ily farm near Gate­house in February.

Christina Sharkey, part­ner of Scott’s brother Ross, is or­gan­is­ing the ceilidh in aid of two men­tal health char­i­ties.

She has strug­gled with de­pres­sion and para­noid per­son­al­ity dis­or­der for the last 11 years.

And she had been in hospi­tal as a psy­chi­atric pa­tient in Glas­gow when she found out about Scott’s death.

Now she is de­ter­mined to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues to pre­vent other young peo­ple from reach­ing the point of no re­turn.

Christina, 22, a care as­sis­tant from Moffat, said: “I have had these is­sues for so long it’s pretty much just a nor­mal part of my life now.

“It was just after I came out of hospi­tal we found out Scott had taken his life. It was dev­as­tat­ing. He had been strug­gling a wee bit but he was a farmer and he just got on with it. There was no clue that he was in that much trou­ble.”

The ceilidh will ben­e­fit MIND and Heads To­gether.

She added: “These char­i­ties are so im­por­tant to us as a fam­ily and men­tal ill­ness is a taboo that must be tack­led. We need to spread the mes­sage that it’s okay not to be okay.

“This has given me some­thing pos­i­tive to fo­cus on and hope­fully through tack­ling the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal ill­ness we can stop this hap­pen­ing to other peo­ple, young and old.”

Scott was a mem­ber of Ste­wartry Young Farmer’s Club and had been a pop­u­lar player with the rugby club for sev­eral years.

The fundraiser will take place on October 21 at The Abbey Inn in Lin­clu­den. There will be live mu­sic, food, danc­ing, drinks and a raf­fle.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line via the Face­book page: Ceilidh in aid of MIND in mem­ory of Scott.

Trib­ute Christina Sharkey and her part­ner Ross Car­son

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