Kendal’s Izzy Murray will be walking the breadth of the UK to fundraise for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria, along with her courageous friends and family who will join her at different points along the way. They will be participating in the classic Coast to Coast walk – a two-week, 192-mile stretch from St Bees on the West Coast of Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast of North Yorkshire. Izzy will begin the walk on Tuesday 4 September and is expected to finish on Monday 17 September. The group was primarily formed by Izzy, who lost her good friend Helena in 2013 and is walking in her memory with the aim to raise funds and awareness for SOBS Cumbria.
Each year, more than 6,000 people take their own lives across the UK: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (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 and a Facebook closed group forum.
“I’ve been living between Kendal and Durham for the last few years, so I guess I’ve been living almost Coast to Coast.” The scenic route will pass through three National Parks: the Lake District; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, all of which have contrasting landscapes and individual challenges.
Izzy is excited for the challenges the walk brings. “I hope I can raise a considerable amount for SOBS Cumbria to help the charity in the little way that I can. I’m not a very active person, so the Coast to Coast is a very personal challenge for me.”
Support the group
Izzy and the team are aiming to raise £1,000 for SOBS Cumbria; the funds raised will benefit people bereaved by suicide. If you’d like to support the team’s fundraising campaign, visit their JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 directly to SOBS Cumbria by texting 'SOBS00 £[insert amount]' to 70070; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria