Walk raises charity awareness
THE annual Widnes HOPEWALK proved a resounding success when it took place on Sunday, October 21.
Friends and supporters of national charity PAPYRUS Prevention Of Young Suicide, joined together for the annual HOPEWALK, a 10km loop around Ditton and Widnes Town Centre.
The event is now in its sixth year and is a national event run by Halton people across the UK to support the charity.
Ged Flynn, chief executive said: “My home town never disappoints: Widnes people always rally around this cause. Suicide prevention is not the easiest thing to support. It’s painful and difficult for many. Forty people walking last Sunday to raise awareness of our work gives a really important message to our young people.
“We need young people to be unafraid of reaching out when they are in emotional crisis. We need parents and other adults to feel suicidesafe and able to talk about suicide without fear or shame.
“Suicide is the leading cause of young deaths in the UK. Events like HOPEWALK help break the taboo. I’m so pleased that this year’s event will have saved young lives by raising important funds for our HOPELINEUK services and that it raised vital awareness.”
Ged Flynn will be giving a talk on the work of PAPYRUS at 7.30pm-9pm on Tuesday, November 20 at St Wilfrid’s Pastoral Centre, Widnes (formerly Our Lady’s Church). All welcome. No entrance fee or booking is required. Tea and coffee will be available.
For more details from PAPYRUS call 01925 572 444. ●
The Papyrus walkers gather for the camera