Walk raises char­ity aware­ness

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviewsw -

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

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