When suicide crashed into the world of Wakefield mother, Karen Sykes, on 22nd of April this year it was the last thing she expected of her beautiful, caring daughter Beth.
Now aware that in the UK suicide is the main cause of death of young people under 35, Karen is determined to do whatever she can to prevent other families enduring similar devastation. To raise awareness she organised one of the UK’s 300 plus October HOPEWALKS to support national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.
Starting from the Shepherds Arms, Cluntergate, Horbury, the approximately five mile flat route finished at the Dam Inn, Newmillerdam. People were welcome to join and leave at any point along the way. All were welcome including children and dogs.
“Beth’s suicide was totally unexpected: she hid her pain and trauma from us all,” said Karen. “At only 26 years when she died, she was our brightest star and her death has torn our worlds apart.
“As a proud and passionate occupational therapist, Beth loved her job and touched so many lives working to make a difference and help others, especially elderly patients and their families. We miss her so much, our lives will never be the same again.
“We organised this walk in the hope that we can raise awareness of the need to break the stigma, which I believe is preventing young people from seeking help. PAPYRUS is an amazing charity that works tirelessly to raise awareness and support young people through its HOPELINEUK helpline services.
Whether you joined the HOPEWALK or not you can support Karen’s campaign at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karen-sykes10