Mum’s walk for her daughter

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A MOTHER has decided to hold a sponsored dog walk for the second year running in the memory of her daughter, who took her own life.

Dr Charlotte Hall was aged 37 when she committed suicide in 2009 after an eight-year struggle with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.

Mum Lyn Wells, of North Newbald, was so overwhelmed by the success of last year’s walk, which raised £1,370, that she decided to hold one again this year.

The four-mile stroll around the Wolds countryside will take place on Sunday, 8 May, and funds raised will again go to the York And District Mind charity, who are dedicated to raising awareness for mental health.

Lyn said: “I thought a dog walk was a bit different. There are a lot of dog walkers in Newbald with it being a country village.

“I was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of support last year particularly from the people of North Newbald. We raised far more than I thought we would.”

Her daughter had studied medicine at Sheffield University and it was during her studies that she began showing signs of obsessive behaviour, which her mum put down to ambition in her quest to become a doctor.

Over the years, she began suffering from severe anxiety and depression, along with bouts of self harm. She spent three days on a ventilator in 2005 after an overdose.

It was an overdose that killed Charlotte in November 2009. She was buried on her 38th birthday.

Since then, Lyn has been campaigning to raise awareness of mental health among young people.

She said: “When I visited Charlotte in psychiatric wards, I was shocked at how many young people there were.

“There’s more awareness about these issues with celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax speaking out about it.

“But there’s still a lack of knowledge and support for families and friends.”

The walk, which is being sponsored by Holidays 4 Dogs, takes place at 11.30am starting from The Gnu Inn in North Newbald.

There will also be a tombola and cake stall in the pub.

Lyn said: “I would like to thank Holidays 4 Dogs and the people who have supported and helped me.”

For more details visit www.yorkmind.org.uk or www.holidays4dogs.co.uk.