The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater. The start line is in the heart of the festival village.
Your athlete guide will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks before the event date, and also available to download here.
Please make sure you read this prior to coming to the event, it will answer most if not all of your questions.
3 Dads Walking
Mike, Tim and Andy. 3 ordinary dads from normal homes in different parts of the country who would never have met if suicide had not united them in one cause.
Their beloved daughters Beth, Emily and Sophie all took their own lives. All so young.
Very individual, their girls’ stories are completely different, however they all fell into despair and their acts of suicide were final.
Mike came up with an idea to do a challenge walk between their houses to raise funds for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. The challenge? Andy lives near Penrith in Cumbria, Mike in Manchester and Tim lives near to Kings Lynn in Norfolk! In 2021 they completed this 300-mile walk and raised over £600,000 for the charity. Along the way they met many other suicide-bereaved parents who shared their stories. Like them, they hadn’t realised that suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK, and many asked “why aren’t we talking about this?”
The 3 Dads were inspired to walk again, this time the focus was getting suicide prevention added to the school curriculum as a compulsory subject. In 2022 they walked between all 4 Parliament buildings of the UK (over 600 miles) and asked people to sign their petition asking Government to make suicide prevention a compulsory part of the school curriculum – it received over 160,000 signatures and was debated in parliament.
Subsequently the 3 Dads were invited to meet the Prime Minister at Downing Street and Gillian Keegan, Secretary of State for Education. They are now working with the team at the DfE to help them embed suicide prevention into the curriculum.
They continue to talk about their girls, the walks and their campaign. Talking about suicide and suicide prevention helps break the stigma around the subject and encourages people to talk to their own children about their concerns.
They are determined to do what we can to prevent other families suffer the same devastating loss and crushing grief.
Talking about suicide saves lives.
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