A 22-year-old, whose finest buddy tragically died in March, has praised the group for his or her efforts in elevating 1000’s of kilos for a psychological well being charity.
Katy Walkey has helped to lift a complete of £4,480 for Norfolk and Waveney Thoughts in reminiscence of Shouldham’s Emily Owen who died days after making an attempt to take her personal life.
She had recognized Emily since attending Marham Village Preschool along with her elder sister Annabel, and organised a raffle at Shouldham village green on the finish of August for the trigger.
Miss Walkey mentioned: “There was plenty of help from the village and other people we didn’t know. Folks donated prizes and acquired raffle tickets, and it appeared like everybody needed to assist which was simply wonderful.
“I didn’t anticipate to lift that a lot. I assumed we might elevate £1,000 on the most.”
She offered a cheque to Beth Twite of Norfolk and Waveney Thoughts, whereas Emily’s former office, the King’s Arms pub, has additionally arrange a Simply Giving web page for the psychological well being charity.
Regardless of the challenges offered by the coronavirus pandemic, the raffle was held outside in a protected method with prizes together with £200 and £150 money prizes.
There was additionally a buggy safari tour of Watatunga Safari Park, an RAF Marham base tour and a tattoo voucher value £120 on provide. Emily’s little sister Evie picked out the primary raffle ticket on the day.
“I simply needed to do one thing to assist,” Miss Walkey continued. “Norfolk and Waveney Thoughts might help anybody else battling psychological well being points and help households who’ve misplaced a liked one.”
Emily would have turned 20 on October 15 and Miss Walkey will without end cherish her reminiscences of her buddy.
She mentioned: “I’ve plenty of reminiscences of Emily. She was loopy however lovely in and out. It’s a large loss for everybody who knew her.
“I knew she was going via stuff however I simply didn’t understand how dangerous it was.”
The King’s Arms’ fundraising web page for Emily could be discovered at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emilyo the place greater than £7,000 has been raised by over 300 supporters to date.
Go to www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk or name the Samaritans 24/7 free helpline on 116123 for psychological well being help. Alternatively go to www.samaritans.org.