The loss of a friend or relative through suicide is traumatic, so all credit to Middleton teenager Ellie Morgan who has reacted to the loss of her best friend by organising a fundraiser.
Georgia Myers committed suicide earlier in the summer. Ellie said it came out of the blue. Even though they had known each other for years, Georgia hadn’t told her how she was feeling.
The family friendly fundraising day will take place at Leeds Corinthians Rugby Club on Sunday 2 September from 11am to 7pm.
“I want people to come down and have fun” said Ellie who has received support and donations from the community to help put the event on.
“There will be a bouncy castle and facepainters; but I’m still looking for donations for the tombola and raffle.”
The funds raised will be divided between a memorial bench for Georgia and the charity Papyrus which works to prevent teenage suicides.
Commenting on Ellie’s efforts, Cllr Kim Groves said:
“I am sure everyone in the community is saddened by the loss of Georgia at such a young age and tradgic circumstances. Ellie is making sure Georgia is remembered at the same time she is making us all think about what more we can do to help those in need.
“I would urge the community and all young people to support the event in memory of Georgia and possibly think about what we can do to help others. Ellie needs to raise funds for a sitting bench in Georgia’s memory please support if you can.”
If you are anxious, depressed or have suicidal thoughts it’s important to speak about how you feel. If you can’t talk to friends or family please contact Samaritans on 116 123 or Papyrus on 0800 068 4141.