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14th June 2016
On 7th November it will be 20 years since Helen Denny’s sister, Cath, took her own life at 24 years old. When Helen ran the recent Manchester 10K Big Run she said she felt she was “bringing her sister home”. The sisters were born in Bury and spent their childhood, along with their younger sister Caroline, in Prestwich. “We still have family there, who were out in force to support me, hence I was thrilled to gain a place in the Manchester event,” said Helen who now lives in King’s Lynn Norfolk.
Since losing Cath to suicide Helen has supported PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to preventing of young suicides. “It will never be the same again and every time I hear or read of another suicide my heart breaks for what the family and friends left behind have yet to face,” said Helen.
“PAPYRUS is a great charity offering hope, practical help and support to both young people who feel they are not coping with life, as well as anyone who may be worried about a young person they know: how to bring up the subject; what to say and do; where to get appropriate further or longer-term help,” Helen explained.
Bernie O’Toole, fundraising assistant at PAPYRUS said the charity relies on people like Helen for over 80 per cent of its vital funding to maintain its HOPELineUK helpline services and resources to reach out to more young people before it is too late. “Helen raised over £500 through the Manchester 10k, adding to considerable support over many years. We are delighted to have her support.”
You can support Helen’s effort for PAPYRUS at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-denny2