In London 800 walkers set out on pre-dawn hike
Thousands of Irish people in London, Manchester and Liverpool were among the more than 120,000 people worldwide who took part in last week-end’s Darkness into Light pre-dawn charity walk for Irish suicide prevention charity Pieta House.
The 5km walk began at 4.15am on Saturday and took place at nearly 120 locations worldwide including 90 venues in Ireland.
In London over 800 walkers took to The Darkness into Light London walk/run starting off at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood and then on to Gladstone Park.
The walk was led by Danny Tim Sullivan, 2015 London Rose Aisling Hillary, Tralee Mayor Pat McCarthy, and Catherine Hennessy of ICAP The first dawn walks began in New Zealand, Australia and Asia, followed by the Middle East and Europe and North America.
Pieta House founder Joan Freeman, speaking at the walk in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, said: “To feel the energy and the support of 120,000 people at our back is overwhelming.
“This is the Irish at their very best and it gives us the courage and confidence to continue doing the work of Pieta House.”
“The relationship between Pieta House and the community, although forged in tragedy, provides so much hope for individuals and families throughout the country.”+7
Pieta House is ten years old this year and plans to mark its first decade by opening its 10th suicide and self-harm prevention centre in Waterford next month. The charity says it has helped more than 20,000 people, of whom more than 5,500 sought help in 2015 alone.