Halloween bash helps raise cash
Family remember beloved dad
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.”
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