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Hundreds expected for Cookstown’s ‘Walk of Hope’

21 October 2016

Hundreds of local people are expected to turn out for The Mid Ulster annual ‘Walk of Hope’ in Cookstown on Sunday, 27 November to raise awareness of suicide.

The event, now in its third year, is organised by the Mid Ulster clergy forum, The Beacon Centre and local groups working in mental health and suicide prevention, supported through Mid Ulster District Council’s Good Relations programme.

Speaking about the walk, the Deputy Chair of the Council, Councillor Sharon McAleer, said:

“Too many people in our community have personally experienced the excruciating impact of suicide. The affect it has on those left behind is devastating.

“Events like the Walk of Hope allow the whole community to unite to raise awareness of the help and support that exists for those who feel their situation and their lives are utterly hopeless.”

The walk will conclude with a Service of Hope in Cookstown centre at 5pm. This will include a personal story by Dr Leonard McCammon and music by Cookstown Folk Club and The Bridge Singers.

The Mid Ulster ‘Walk of Hope’ begins at 4.15pm at the car park of Holy Trinity College, Chapel Street, Cookstown and ends at the Christmas tree in James Street. So bring along your own candle or symbol of hope and join in the walk.

For more information contact Sean McElhatton, Good Relations Officer, Mid Ulster District Council on 028 8676 4714 or email sean.mcelhatton@midulstercouncil.org

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