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Fun and Games in Leek to raise money for PAPYRUS

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

Bryn Cowen.

Bryn Cowen.

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A woman who lost her brother to suicide is holding a fund-raising event to support a charity dedicated to helping prevent young people from taking their own lives.

Alicia Jallow, aged 28, of Challinor Avenue, Leek, is holding a Fun and Games Charity Afternoon at All Saints Community Centre in Compton Road, Leek, on Saturday, August 23, from 1pm until 3pm in aid of PAPYRUS, a charity for the prevention of young suicide.

The charity is close to her heart as her brother Bryn Cowen killed himself on August 6, 2005, aged 22.

She said: "We didn't know how he was feeling and that he was going to do what he did.

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"There's no way of getting over something like this and we will always wonder why he did it.

"If we had of known how low he had got maybe we could have helped him, or he could have spoken to someone about it.

"We all have good and bad days since he died; my mum still finds it really difficult, and sometimes I still go to sleep crying about Bryn because I miss him so much.

"What upsets me the most is the fact that he never got to see me get married or meet my daughter Samia, who is four.

"I try to talk to her about Bryn and explain why he isn't here as best I can, but until she is old enough to understand I can't really fully explain."

Alicia said that she found out about PAPYRUS when she was researching suicide charities because she wanted to do something to help other people in memory of Bryn.

She added: "They have been so supportive and are always there to speak to whenever I need to.

"Some people who have been affected by suicide prefer to shut themselves away and don't want to talk about it, or feel that they can't because it's a taboo subject. But I want to make more people aware that there is support out there to help prevent people from taking their own lives.

"This is the first event I've done, but I'm hoping to carry on and do more events and sponsored swims and walks.

"It will be 10 years since Bryn died next August so I'm hoping to do something really big then."

Laura Green, fund-raising and communications co-ordinator for PAPYRUS said: "We are truly grateful to Alicia for her generous commitment to helping save more young lives and her efforts to help us reach more vulnerable young people in the UK and any support that anyone may wish to give her.

"Each year in the UK over 1,600 young people take their own lives, but with the generous help of our supporters and fund-raisers we can prevent this.

"By running the national helpline HOPELineUK, alongside text and email services, PAPYRUS offers free and practical advice to those feeling suicidal and those worried about a young person they know."

Entry to the event on Saturday is free and there will be a bouncy castle, sponge in the face, hoopla, face painting, raffle, hook a duck, apple bobbing, cake stall and more.

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