UK dads who lost their daughters to suicide finish 300-mile walk

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Three fathers who mislaid their daughters to termination crossed the decorativeness enactment of a 300-mile locomotion from Cumbria to Greater Manchester to Norfolk connected Saturday.

Three Dads Walking – which has attracted donations from actors Daniel Craig and, astir recently, Nicole Kidman – has raised much than £500,000 for termination prevention foundation Papyrus.

As Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen arrived successful Shouldham, Norfolk, conscionable aft 9.30am, they were welcomed by dozens of cheering supporters lining the route.

The walk, which they started successful representation of their daughters 2 weeks ago, took them from Airey’s location successful Morland, Cumbria, to Palmer’s location municipality of Sale, successful Greater Manchester, earlier finishing astatine Owen’s location successful Norfolk.

The 3 men’s daughters died wrong 3 years of 1 other.

Airey’s girl Sophie, 29, took her ain beingness conscionable earlier Christmas successful 2018. Palmer’s girl Beth, 17, and Owen’s girl Emily, 18, killed themselves successful March 2020.

Owen said they had received unthinkable enactment and kindness during their 15-day travel and had met “hundreds” of radical affected by suicide.

As helium crossed the finishing line, Airey said it had been a “very pleasant stroll”.

He told the BBC: “We person been talking astir our girls each time each time truthful it’s similar they are travelling with america each the time.

“We person ever got a spread successful our lives that are our girls, but it has been fantastic to stock immoderate clip with a batch of radical and assistance immoderate radical on the way.”

Palmer said the acquisition had been “overwhelming”. He said helium hoped they had helped rise wealth and consciousness of the assistance disposable to radical who are reasoning astir suicide.

Afterwards the fathers reportedly went to the colony pub together.

The main enforcement of Papyrus, Ged Flynn, said the 3 fathers were “lifesavers” who had “shattered stigma”.

Their archetypal fundraising people was £3,000 each, but their ngo attracted immense involvement from the nationalist and celebrities including Kidman, Craig and erstwhile Manchester United prima Lou Macari, who each donated astir £10,000.

Kidman said she was “profoundly moved” by the fathers aft proceeding astir their communicative connected BBC Breakfast News.

She said: “Three wholly superb dads, doing a wholly superb thing, to payment truthful many. Ahead of them finishing their epic trek connected Saturday, and inspired by Daniel Craig who backed them astatine the outset of their journey, I americium matching his £10,000 to enactment their fantabulous fundraising efforts.

“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months and the interaction of the pandemic, particularly connected the young, their enactment is peculiarly important close now. I would similar to dedicate my donation to the representation of Beth, Sophie and Emily.”

  • In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans tin beryllium contacted connected 116 123 oregon email [email protected] oregon [email protected]. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the situation enactment work Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other planetary helplines tin beryllium recovered astatine www.befrienders.org.