20-year-old Dale Coulthard from Carlisle is going to be walking Hadrian’s Wall on Friday 16 June. Dale is raising money for SOBS Cumbria in memory of his dad, Graham Telford, whom he lost to suicide last year.
Walking Hadrian’s Wall
Dale will start walking on Friday 16 June. “I’ve been to a couple of the SOBS Cumbria support groups and I found them really useful to go to. I want to give something back and make people aware that they’re not alone; I want to make my dad proud.”
Each year, more than 6,000 people take their own lives across the UK: SOBS is a national charity which works to provide emotional support to those who have been left behind. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month, with groups in North, South and West Cumbria. They also have a local 24/7 helpline.
Dale wants to raise awareness for suicide bereavement. “I want to show people that everyone can overcome it [the grief caused by suicide]. You can never forget what has happened, but everyone can get through it.”
Dale aims to raise £1,000. He invites others to join him in walking Hadrian’s Wall. If you would like to join Dale, please call 01900 269840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to support Dale’s fundraising campaign, visit his BT MyDonate donation page. Alternatively, you can donate via JustTextGiving by texting SOBS00 to 70070 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. SOBS00 £10). Alternatively, you can choose a different method of donation here.
Support for people touched by suicide
If you are struggling with the death of someone who has taken their own life and need someone to listen to your experience and offer you support, please do get in touch. You can call the SOBS Cumbria 24/7 helpline on 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan). You can also email us at email@example.com, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria