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Blackheath Dad running Virgin Money London Marathon to save young lives

14th April 2016

14 April 2016 – Blackheath resident Miles Cavey is running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon for national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide in memory of his son Oli who sadly took his own life aged 13 in March last year.

“It is alarming that in the UK suicide is the largest cause of death in young men and women under 35. Having experienced first-hand the devastating consequences of a suicide in my family I want to raise awareness of the great work PAPYRUS does,” said Miles. “Oli was a gifted, popular boy. His suicide was totally out of the blue and no matter how many times we ask ourselves the question, we shall never know why. PAPYRUS is dedicated to raising awareness and offers vital help through its HOPELineUK services.

This is not the first marathon challenge for 53 year old Miles. He last ran the London Marathon in 2009. He views this year’s event merely as part of his training for the ‘Cami de Cavalls’ 100k around the Menorca coastline which he is due to undertake on May 21st. “This one will be a serious challenge,” says Miles whose is learning Spanish via the need to translate all the competition paperwork.

He is training hard with a programme of running in the London parks, trail running in the Surrey Hills and South Downs and swimming at the new Charlton Lido.

Among his London Marathon supporters will be his daughter Anastasia, Oli’s 16 year old sister who chose PAPYRUS as the family’s charity to support in memory of her brother.

“These marathons are an amazing effort by Miles, helping us to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented and extend our work with young people in schools and the community, encouraging them to talk about mental wellbeing,” said Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS chief executive. “Nothing must diminish our resolve to prevent young suicide and from doing all we can to enhance the emotional resilience of young people and those who care for them. One young suicide is too many: around 1,600 a year is a national scandal. We are delighted that Miles is supporting our work.”

You can support Miles at www.justgiving.com/Miles-Cavey1

Editor’s Notes

Every year in the UK between 600 and 800 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 take their own lives - a number equivalent to the population of a small secondary school. Under the age of 35, the number rises to over 1,600. That equates to around three to four per day. Three quarters of them are young men.

PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a group of parents who had a lost a child through suicide: parents determined to do everything possible to save other families and young people from a similar fate.

The charity’s HOPELineUK helpline servicesprovide a unique service in the UK for young people themselves and those concerned about them - to speak confidentially to its team of trained professionals for practical advice and support. Telephone 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Editorial contact for more information Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS press office direct line 020 8943 5343 mobile -7792 72 62 41

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