Sponsored walk in aid of suicide prevention charity raises over £7,000

By Jessica Durston - 8 November 2022

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  • A group photo of those taking part (Tracey pictured sat down in the centre, with the bag in front of her)

    A group photo of those taking part (Tracey pictured sat down in the centre, with the bag in front of her)

Swindon resident Tracey Boxall and a team of over 20 people tackled a 20-mile sponsored walk in aid of suicide prevention charity CALM.

An image taken out on the walk

Tracey and her fundraising group took part in 'The Lost Hours' sponsored walk for the charity organisation CALM.

CALM stands for Campaign Against Living Miserably. The charity aims to help those affected by suicide, or suicidal thoughts, and offer help to those struggling with their mental health.

CALM runs an annual fundraising event called The Lost Hours Walk. The walk usually takes place late in October, to coincide with the clocks changing, and the UK experiencing a 'lost hour.' People who have been affected by suicide, or have themselves felt suicidal, can join together and walk to raise money and awareness. 

The charity's latest statistics show that 125 people die by suicide every single week. That works out to around 600 people a month. CALM receive over 147,000 calls to its support helpline a year. 

The total raised from the 20-mile walk around Swindon (with gift aid) is now said to be standing at £7,300.

The walking group were dressed in yellow and orange as they are the charity's colours.

Tracey was joined by friends and supporters that travelled from Suffolk, London, Burton-on-Trent and other UK locations, as well as Swindon.

Tracey has a personal connection with this charity organisation as she lost her son Alex back in the November of 2019. He was 19 years of age. She had a special t-shirt printed with a photo of her son on the front of it.

Tracey said: "I have had a staggering amount of support from strangers finding me on Facebook, had local companies donating, and other parents who had lost their children to suicide reaching out to me. 

"I would like to thank my group, and all the young people for taking part, and for the support I have received from the people of Swindon. Thank you for the JustGiving donations and the cash donations given to us on the walk. 

"I would also like to say thank you to all the people we met along the way on our walk, that were waving at us and cheering us on."

Next year, Tracey says she plans to conduct another sponsored walk - this time with around 50 people. 

Tracey's JustGiving page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracey-boxall

More information about CALM can be found on its website at https://www.thecalmzone.net/

More information about Tracey's story and her previous fundraising work for CALM can be found at https://swindonlink.com/charity/tracey-boxall-last-hours-walk-2022/

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