Michael and I are just back from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where we spent much of yesterday with some truly wonderful people who were fundraising for ourselves and Mind, honouring and remembering Cara Keirl who tragically took her own life.
We wish not only to thank Cheryl Kenney and Abi Keirl (Cara’s mum and sister respectively) and Cara’s dad, Graham, but to everyone else who helped to organise the event and who attended yesterday, to ensure Cara is not forgotten and that the stigma around suicide and mental health is eradicated.
Although all age groups were represented at the event, it was heartening to see so many youngsters – this generation are not afraid to speak about suicide and they will help carry us forward into a more open and accepting future.
The number of people we spoke to, all of whom had their own stories to tell, was yet again astounding and we thank you all for helping our work by speaking out yourselves.
The Gloucestershire Echo covered the event, so keep your eyes peeled for their editorial and superb pictures.
Some great musical contributions from Shoot.The.Moon and Goldielookinchain and many others – absolutely fantastic, thanks to you all.
Just before the raffle, we all went outside and released purple balloons – with a final, solitary one released by Michael for his daughter Anna. To see the pavement and a little of the road taken over by people armed with purple mental health cards and balloons was incredibly emotional
Here’s a few pictures from the event which speak for themselves.