We walk to remember my brother and to make sure everyone has access to the help they need
Clare is one of the thousands who take on a #LostHoursWalk to remember a loved one. Clare lost her brother Lee in 2019, and wants to make sure that no matter where someone’s from, and whatever they’re going through, they’re able to ask for the help they need. She’s taking on her second Lost Hours Walk in 2021.
“Some people struggle saying the word suicide. We’re trying to break that taboo and help people who feel the way my brother did. We want to help raise awareness that there are places like CALM where people can get help.”
Clare was close to her brother and supported him when he was going through tough times. While Lee was open with Clare about how he was feeling and the depression he was going through, he found it difficult to open up to his wider friends and family.
Since Lee’s death, it’s been difficult for many of his friends and family to cope with the fact Lee didn’t tell him how he was feeling, and Clare think services like CALM’s are really important in helping people get through bereavement by suicide. She hopes by raising awareness, more people will be able to reach out for support.
“It’s about talking about suicide, helping other people that feel the way that my brother did and also helping people like me and my mum, who are trying to support each other through something so difficult.”
“For last year’s walk, the final amount raised was over £5000 with the help of my employer, Vodafone doing match-funding and my daughter’s employer AO Mobile making a large contribution. We have signed up again for a local walk this year to raise funds again.”
We want as many people to take part in the Lost Hours Walk as possible. Wherever you are in the country, no matter your age, or ability, choose a distance and route that works for you, your friends, family and community so we can walk forward, together, against suicide.
Whatever your reason why, it’s time to unite against suicide. Sign up below.