Three Dads Walking finish epic 500-mile suicide prevention walk from Scotland to Norwich

  • Tim Owen, Andy Airey, and Mike Palmer known as Three Dads Walking, crossed the finish line in Norwich on Saturday

Three fathers who lost their daughters to suicide have crossed the finishing line after walking 500 miles for a suicide prevention charity.

The campaigners, known as Three Dads Walking, set off from Stirling in Scotland on 17 April and having walked down the east coast, finished in Norwich on Saturday 11 May.

Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen have raised more than £1.4m for suicide prevention charity Papyrus since the deaths of their daughters.

Tim Owen, whose daughter Emily took her own life in 2020 aged 19, lives in Norfolk.

  • Tim Owen talking about the suicide prevention charity Papyrus

"We have had hundreds of people support us even in tiny villages and behind all that there are lots of stories from people who have lost loved ones or of friends to suicide," he told ITV News Anglia.

"We can do something, we can give young people hope that they can get through those dark thoughts."

He said that it was Emily's last wish for him to help others.

"She said in her last letter to us 'don’t be ashamed of what I have done if others can learn.'"

Three Dads Walking arrive in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

  • For more information on Papyrus

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice you can contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.

PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

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