The 26th of October is the day the clocks go back. But it’s also the day that Reece Clive’s son Billy would have turned 21. Billy tragically took his own life last year, and since then his friends and family have banded together to support CALM, taking on a whole host of events and activities including charity auctions, Tough Mudders, football matches, gigs, and now the Lost Hours Walk.
On October 26th, CALM is uniting against suicide at the Lost Hours Walk. It’s a chance to deal with grief differently and defiantly by taking up space, talking about loss, and supporting each other through life’s tough times.Together with extended family, Reece is lacing up his walking boots to mark his son’s 21st birthday.
“The night of the walk would have been Bill’s 21st. We wouldn’t have been doing anything otherwise, we wouldn’t have been going out to celebrate it. But the Lost Hours Walk seems right for us.”
While Reece and his family and friends are walking in memory of Billy, they want to create an atmosphere of positivity, openness and, crucially, to help stop others experiencing the grief they’ve been through.
“We’ve raised in excess of 40k, and if that means one extra phone call that’s being made to stop this happening to another family it’s worth it. It’s not just about the person on the other end of the call who needs help, there’s parents, brothers , sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.
“I honestly believe if Bill had been able to get the right care and treatment things may have been different. If it prevents someone from taking their life, it stops the knock on impact on everyone else too.”
Raising £40,000 is no mean feat, and has seen a huge amount of dedication and determination from Billy’s friends and family. While Reece’s fundraising is invaluable to CALM, he also finds walking and physical challenges have a positive impact on his wellbeing – something that’s backed up by real science.
“All of the challenges we’ve been doing help me. It helps me to keep busy, focussed, and ultimately do a bit of good. Just being able to get out, put your headphones on and not think about anything, it’s those times that give your brain a bit of a rest. Walking is a good opportunity to just clear your mind, relax and not stress.”
Is Reece worried about the training? No chance. He’s taken on a Tough Mudder after all. But he’s still hoping to get in some training walks with the 15 other friends and family members he’s signed up to the walk.
“A lot of us are doing it. We’ll all going to start together and go from there. The way I think of it, you’ve been walking all your life so you should be fine.
And if not?
“There’s always whiskey…” he jokes.
Join us this October to unite against suicide. We’ll be walking side by side, shoulder to shoulder, to campaign against feeling rubbish, against struggling in silence, against being alone, against living miserably.
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