On 4th October last year my husband Wayne took his own life. It came out of nowhere. He was 53. I went from being happily married in the morning before I headed off to work to being a widow at age 37 by the time I got home.
In the most recent set of statistics on suicide in the UK, three quarters of deaths by suicide were male of which 22.0 per 100,000 were aged between 50 & 54. This age range & gender combination are still one of the most at risk of suicide.
Seven weeks, almost to the day, after I lost my husband our friend’s daughter, who was just six days away from her 15th birthday, also took her own life. This decision was not inspired by my husband, she had her own reasons. It is hard to imagine what must have been going through her mind to come to that conclusion.
While only 24% of deaths by suicide in the UK in the latest report were female & only 3.4 per 100,000 of those were in the age range of 15 – 19 years old, both of these figures were an increase on previous reports. In addition, of the male rate of suicide was 0.2 per 100,000 between ages 10 – 14 & 7.5 per 100,000 between ages 15 – 19. While these figures may seem small, youth data has only started being collated in recent year. The fact that there is data to be collected is, in itself, utterly tragic & can only give cause for concern for the mental wellbeing of our youth.
After my husband died I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness, increase public discussion & raise funds for organisations that deal with mental health, suicide prevention & bereavement support. After our friend’s daughter’s death it became even more important that I did everything within my abilities to make it as big as I could.The Plan
Starting on July 1st, the day that would have been my husband’s 54th birthday, I plan to run a series of auctions via eBay, with at least one starting every day for 53 days (one for every year he was alive), with all proceeds going to charities supporting relevant causes.
I plan to start every auction at a minimum bid of £50 (unless a different minimum is recommended by the donator) so as to try & raise a reasonable amount for each charity. I do hope, however, that I get enough donations so that I can start more than one auction each day & have a big final day with an auction for each of the charities.
I also plan to make this event as high profile across the mainstream media as possible in order to keep the conversation about mental health alive and help to reduce the stigma surrounding it as a result.Where You Come In
To make this as successful as possible I need as many donations for auctions as possible that will attract as many high end bids as possible.
A signed photo is good. A signed one-off item is even better. A one-of-a-kind item or ‘money couldn’t buy’ VIP experience better still.
The choice is entirely yours &/or your clients, but the bigger & better the item the more can be raised for charities that can help save lives & stop others having to go through the kind of pain & suffering that myself, my friends & our families are currently going through.
On this site you will find details of the charities involved & contact details so I can send you out all the information plus a form where you/your client can select a charity of your/their choice to have their item auctioned on behalf of & a template Certificate of Authenticity as we will need one (whether it be our template or one that you already have to use of your own) with all donations. You will also find a contact sheet with all the relevant phone numbers, addresses & social media details.
I hope you will choose to take part in this event & help make a difference.Contact us