Penrith friends to walk the Ullswater Way to help people touched by suicide

There are just three days to go until The Ullswater Way plays host to a group of dedicated walkers aiming to support those bereaved through suicide. Group leaders, Amanda Jennings and friend Caroline McKee, of Penrith, aim to raise awareness for mental health and suicide among young people.

On 8 September, the group will be taking on the 20-mile trail in memory of Dan Jennings, a friend and brother, who was lost to suicide four years ago. The group are fundraising for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria and Prevention of Young Suicide (PAPYRUS).

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. It also has a local 24/7 helpline and a closed Facebook group forum.

PAPYRUS exists to prevent young suicide and provides support and advice to young people, or those worried about a young person. PAPYRUS runs a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals.

Amanda hopes that others will join the group on the walk. “We’ve chosen The Ullswater Way because it’s local and provides us with an opportunity to cover different levels of fitness; people of all ages are able to participate along different parts of the walk.” If you would like to join the group, please contact Amanda by email at amandajennings06@hotmail.co.uk.