Take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in memory of Jamie

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TREKKERS are being sought to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in memory of a “lovable rogue” of a Grimsby man who took his own life. Jamie Walsh was 42 years old when he died in September last year, suffering with depression from a life-long addiction to alcohol and drugs.His sister, Liza Walsh, 41, is taking on the challenge in aid of the Grimsby Food Kitchen, Creative Start and The Selby Mission, a Hull charity which supported Jamie. The charitiesĀ help and support people suffering from addictions and aid recovery and the homeless.

Liza, of Cleethorpes, is appealing for others who would like to take part in the Three Peaks event, which covers the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in under 12 hours.She said the loss of her brother last year spurred her on to try to raise money. Jamie had found faith in The Selby Mission before his sad death. Liza said it helped him find a new home and way of life, where he started to help other people in similar situations. She said: “Jamie touched people. He was a magnetic character and we all thought he was going to change lives; that was his wish, I just want to try to do something for him.”As a family we are still struggling to come to terms with how he went. “If I can help just a small percentage of people then he didn’t take his life in vain. Addiction is not something people always choose, it is an illness that can stem from various circumstances.”I feel it is important that we don’t judge people as we never know a person’s background or circumstances” She added: “I am looking for anyone who is fit and fancies the challenge that will take place in May 2016.”
Cath and Ken Homewood, of the Grimsby Food Kitchen, often encounter people who are tired of being driven by drug or alcohol addiction and want to make a fresh start.When someone truly wants to make a change, Cath arranges for them to enter a Christian community Betel of Britain centre in Nottingham. Both her and Ken then personally take them to rehab and support them throughout their rehabilitation.

Sam Delaney is the founder and director of Grimsby-based Creative Start, a community interest company that provides aftercare for those in recovery and their affected others.It uses peer support and art as tools to aid recovery. Sam said: “Everybody knows someone who has been affected by addictive behaviour and it is the only condition that you have to admit to in order to have any hope of recovery. “It is essential that people know they are not alone in their struggle and that recovery is always possible. I also feel that it is important to provide support and include the families and loved ones of those affected.”

If you wish to take part, donate or help in any way, contact Liza on 07889 466105.

She thanked Recognition Express for printing the T-shirts, Dave Hardy for the photography, and Grimsby Cars Ltd, GMB Grimsby, Cleethorpes Mobility, McLaren and Project 12 for their kind donations as well as all of the friends and family. For more information go to www.creativestartarts.com and www.facebook.com/GrimsbyFoodKitchen


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