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Team fundraiser • 2 members • 2 charities
Raising money for Riders Minds and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
On the 10th March 2020 my world fell apart completely. My beautiful and talented daughter and only child (Brodie) felt that she could no longer cope in this world tragically taking her own life (she was just 16 years old).
Brodie and I were as close as a mother and daughter could possibly be. We shared a mutual love of animals and the outdoors (especially with horses). Brodie was an extremely talented show jumper and we spent nearly all of our time at the yard and travelling the country show jumping. We loved spending our time together! Brodie also excelled academically and somehow managed to juggle school workload with her busy equine lifestyle. Brodie was predicted amazing GCSE grades in all subject areas at school and was busy planning what she would like to do in the future to achieve her dreams.
During the months, weeks and days leading to losing Brodie, there seemed to be very little change in the way she acted. She continued to make precise notes in preparation for her GCSE exams, she continued to compete at shows and meticulously care for Archie (her horse). Most of all, she continued to tell me that she loved me numerous times a day.
I was aware that Brodie was having difficulties in school during year 11 with ‘friends’ that she had known from an early age. They seemed to be making her feel isolated and turning other friendship groups against her. I had tried to encourage Brodie to let me help and contact the school for support but she was adamant that she was ok and that she was able to ‘deal with it’. Although Brodie was reluctant at the time to have any intervention, I made sure that Brodie knew I was always there to love and support her as I had done throughout her whole life. I truly believed that she would never feel that there was no other way forward than to take her own life. I thought that is what tragically happens to other families! I couldn’t have been more wrong! One minute we were going about our usual life and daily routines and the next, my life and the lives of so many others changed forever…you see, the ripple of a life lost to suicide reaches out further and wider than you could ever imagine.
As a parent nothing can prepare you for such tragedy. For your whole world and everything you live for to be gone within the space of a few hours is beyond comprehensible. At 7pm on the 10th of March 2020 I still had my beautiful girl by my side laughing and joking and by 9.30pm she was gone! My purpose for living, my role of being a mum was just ripped away in a heartbeat and being replaced with only a huge void.
After losing my beautiful girl I realised that I had two choices; To lie down and admit defeat or to stand up, carry on and fight on to help others. I began to understand the huge impact and the rise in poor mental wellbeing and suicide in young people. I began to see the stigma around young people feeling unable to ask for help and support with their mental health and so I began my own journey of raising awareness. Raising awareness to help prevent the loss of more young lives that leave so many parents, families, peer groups and whole communities in utter devastation and heartbreak.
In 2021 after looking at the statistics for suicide rates in wales, I walked 285 miles that represented the 285 lives lost to suicide in Wales…a mile for each life lost in 2020 (including beautiful Brodie). By the end of the walk, I’d managed to raise over £10,500 for PAPYRUS.
At the moment I’m keeping myself very busy by organising my next fundraising and awareness mission! Later this year I will be taking walk from The David Broome Event centre in Chepstow, to the Excel Arena in London…however I wont be alone on my journey as I’ll be pulling a life size resin horse with me every step of the way! This time I will be walking for two charities, Riders Minds and of course PAPYRUS. Please follow and share my jouney and of couyrse donate if you possibly can. Every donation whether small or large means the world to me and will help so many young people and equestrians in need of help and support.
I have had to set up the Just Giving page as two teams so as to enable gift aid to be made. I would like to keep donations to the two charities as equal as possible. PAPYRUS and Riders Minds are two amazing charities so close to my heart and I would be extremely grateful if you would keep this in mind when deciding which ‘Team’ to donate to.
Thank you all so much
Emma (Brodie’s heartbroken mum) xxxxx