Next week Pete Cornwell, MD of I’ll be Mother, is racing in IRONMAN Wales to raise money for Papyrus, a charity for the prevention of young suicide, in memory of a good friend’s daughter who sadly lost her life in late December 2017.

The gruelling IRONMAN Wales is on 9 September and includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a marathon of 26.2 miles.

Lara Calthrop, 21 from Hildenborough, took her own life in the early hours of the 29 December 2017 by walking along the train tracks into a tunnel. She felt that the problems she was facing were insurmountable and the only way out was to end her young life.

“I have been training for the IRONMAN Wales for a long time, but it was an automatic decision to support Papyrus, the charity which aims to prevent young suicide, after Lara died in December. Our children are the same age and we are heartbroken for Lara’s parents and family following this tragic act. I will do anything I can to help raise money and awareness of suicide in young people. Mental health issues and lack of support for those suffering depression, burn out and anxiety is very common in the hospitality industry so I hope this small act will go some way to opening up the conversation and encouraging young people to talk and be open about problems they are facing.” Pete Cornwell

If you can, please sponsor Pete and help raise awareness of the terrible sadness that is teenage suicide and help prevent other families being torn apart by this tragic act.

Please visit Lara’s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laracalthropmemorial