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Barnsley fanzine group tackle 50-mile walk to raise awareness of suicide

By Peter Hampshire

Nearly 500 people have already pledged over £8,000 in support of the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) in memory of Ashley Salkeld, who died aged just 25 last year.

The Barnsley-based West Stand Bogs fanzine organised the event aiming to raise awareness that 76% of UK suicides are male. In a former mining community famed for its hardiness and resilience, participants hope to demonstrate that it is good to talk about mental health.

West Stand Bogs on their fundraising page say Ashley Salkeld was a larger than life sports lover who like many others didn’t open up about his personal troubles. The fanzine have also done walks to Chesterfield and Bradford in similar fundraising efforts.

The walk is set to be an extra tough task with rain forecast for the majority of the 50 mile trek.

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