Emma McMa­hon, Kil­lian Ho­ran, Hazel Kid­ney and Jenny Deegan at Dark­ness into Light on Bray seafront on Satur­day morn­ing.

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THOU­SANDS of walk­ers and jog­gers were re­warded with a beau­ti­ful sun­rise on Satur­day morn­ing as they com­pleted the 5km route for Bray’s Dark­ness into Light.

The word ‘ hope’ was formed on the band­stand in can­dle­light as ev­ery­one gath­ered in the dark­est hours to raise funds and aware­ness for Pieta House. Some were there in mem­ory of their own loved ones whom they had lost to sui­cide, and many oth­ers in sol­i­dar­ity.

Men, women and chil­dren were joined in many cases by their four-legged friends, some of whom proudly wore the yel­low ‘Dark­ness into Light’ t-shirt.

Vol­un­teers from across the com­mu­nity helped to mar­shal the event, hand out t-shirts, and sup­port the par­tic­i­pants in their early-morn­ing en­deav­our. They met on the seafront be­fore the sea of yel­low moved off at 4.15 a.m..

The route brought them up Put­land Road in the dark of night, be­fore the cir­cuit be­came eas­ier and the sun came up over the Ir­ish sea. Then it was time for break­fast, and for many a re­turn to their beds after their early start.

Pieta House pro­vides free coun­selling, ther­apy and sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples, fam­i­lies and chil­dren who have been be­reaved by sui­cide. It op­er­ates a num­ber of Sui­cide Be­reave­ment Coun­selling Cen­tres. and of­fers a Sui­cide Be­reave­ment Li­ai­son Ser­vice. It’s sui­cide helpline is 1800 247 247.

The amount raised from this year’s even­thas yet to be an­nounced, but last year’s Bray event raised a to­tal of €103,000.

Emma, Lor­raine, Ni­amh, Mick and So­phie Black­byrne.

Marie Far­rell, Nicola Wright, Emily Far­rell, Casey Price, Cian Far­rell, Rosie Mitchell, Mar­lene Mitchell and Wil­liam Mitchell at sun­rise.

Bren­dan Bar­ton, So­phie Cur­ran, Katie Walsh, Shauna Kearns, Orla Kearns and Stu­art Meaney.

Finn, Grace, Bren­dan and Bron­wen Al­lan.

The first three back: Conor Mur­phy, Bren­dan Dono­hoe and Luke Kenny.

(Back, from left): Lauren Kelly, Clau­dia De Luca, Tara Allen, Ben De Luca, Paul Kelly, Sally De Luca, (front) Jack Kelly, Edel Kelly and Ni­cole Kelly.

Matthew and Gill Doyle.

PHO­TOS BY BAR­BARA FLYNN.

Lor­can Bul­lock, Pat Carey, Toni O’Driscoll and Adam Costello.

Claire Tim­mons, Tri­ona Irv­ing, Tresi O’Brien and Leeanne Bo­han.

Luke, Josh and Bren­dan O’Cal­laghan.

Michelle Mooney, Emer Forbes and Mike McCarthy.

Robyn and Linda Brad­shaw with Yvonne and Cian Long­more.

Barry Clarke guides in the first run­ners.

Kieran and Tracy O’Brien hand­ing out wa­ter.

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