A Fraserburgh woman will be taking part in a unique event in order to raise awareness for a leading suicide and self-harm charity.
Fiona Weir, who lost her husband William to suicide, will be one of over 10,000 people across the globe participating in the ‘Darkness into Light’ walk.
The walk on 9 May is being staged around the world in support of Pieta House, a charity that works with people who self-harm and suffer suicidal thoughts.
People are expected to take part in locations as far apart as the US and Australia, all of them walking along a 5km route as dawn breaks and torchlight makes way for daylight.
Those participating are being encouraged to connect with others at the event either by chatting to the person next to them or just saying hello.
Speaking about her experiences, Fiona told the Herald she wished that Pieta House had been around during her husband’s difficulties.
She said: “It’ll be five years this August since my husband took his own life so I became involved with ‘chooselife’ (a Scottish suicide prevention charity)and it was through them that I heard about Pieta House.
“I had a discussion with a lady named Catherine who is trying to set up a Pieta House in Aberdeen, we talked about fund-raising ideas and myself and David Graham, a teacher at Fraserburgh Academy who lost his wife to suicide last year, decided to do the walk together.”
“Had there been a Peita House active at the time when my husband had his difficulties and had someone he could speak to then he might be here today.”
Fiona and David are actively looking for sponsors at the moment.
Pieta House was founded in Dublin in 2006 by psychologist Joan Freeman.
There are now nine centres throughout Ireland and the organisers of the Aberdeen darkness into light walk are looking to bring one to the granite city.
Pieta house provides professional one to one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.
Services are completely free of charge and to date Pieta house has supported more than 17,000 people.
For further information about the darkness into light walk please call Lesley Davidson on 07818090734 Or email Lesley@ldm-uk.co.