Lochaber fam­i­lies take part in mem­ory walk

The Oban Times - - News -

LAST WEEKEND peo­ple from Lochaber trav­elled to Glas­gow to take part in a walk to re­mem­ber fam­ily and friends who are no longer here.

Walk Of Hope is a 5k event which took place on May 6 in mem­ory of peo­ple who have sadly taken their own lives.

Joyce Wells, who lost her son Gary in 2014, told the Lochaber

Times: ‘A group of eight of us all af­fected in some way by sui­cide trav­elled down on a LAD (Lochaber Ac­tion Dis­i­bil­ity) bus which Caro­line Watt drove for us.

‘We left Fort Wil­liam at mid­night. On reach­ing Glas­gow we met up with my sis­ter-in-law and nephew who joined us on the walk.

‘We walked from the dark­ness (start­ing 4.15am) into the light, so any­one feel­ing low and in a dark place knows there is hope and help out there.’

The event was or­gan­ised by Chris’s House (the cen­tre for help, re­sponse and in­ver­ven­tion sur­round­ing sui­cide), the first 24-hour non-med­i­cal cri­sis cen­tre in Scot­land.

Mrs Wells added: ‘Some of our group col­lected spon­sor money for walk.

‘My hus­band Mau­rice and I are cel­e­brat­ing our ruby wed­ding an­niver­sary on May 20 and we are ask­ing all fam­ily and friends who are cel­e­brat­ing with us to make a do­na­tion to Chris’s House rather than buy us a present.

‘At the mo­ment the group has col­lected more than £1,000 in spon­sor money and we will add our do­na­tions on to that as well.

‘We would like to thank LAD for use of the bus, Caro­line Watt for driv­ing us, and to ev­ery­one who has do­nated to this very wor­thy cause. If we can raise aware­ness and let peo­ple know help is avail­able and pre­vent some­one com­mit­ting sui­cide it makes it worth it.’

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