By Tom Winnifrith | Thursday 21 October 2021
As I have discussed openly, I have in the past considered suicide. Thankfully those dark days are long gone but 125 folks a week do kill themselves in the UK each week. If my mother’s own suicide taught me anything it is a tragedy for the person who ends their life but, perhaps, an even greater one for those left behind. I know that both my father and my mother’s brother, Christopher Booker, were haunted to the end by the idea they could have stopped it. The pain and guilt they felt were all too obvious.
So we should try to stop folks killing themselves. Nigel Diver was, at one time, the finance director of the websites I run and is a good chap who, on 30 October, will take part in “The Lost Hours Walk” walking for 20 miles through the night to raise money for a charity called CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
It provides a free and confidential helpline in the fight against suicide. Nigel says that his training is making him realise just how long my annual 34 mile Woodlarks walk is. Perhaps now he has the bug he will join me next year.
When Darren pulls his finger out we will be making a modest donation but Nigel says that any donation small or large will really help make a difference so please give what you can at