The fiancé of Harley Street doctor Nazim Mahmood from Birmingham - who killed himself after his mother told him to find a 'cure' for being gay - has said he thought about ending his own life to join his soul mate.
But 36-year-old Matt Ogston said he held back after his partner of 13 years contacted him from beyond the grave and told him not to.
Now, he is on a mission to ‘tackle homophobia triggered by religion to help parents accept their children’.
Matt is calling his eight day walk from London to Birmingham ‘The journey to acceptance’.
He has already raised nearly £3,500 for the Naz & Matt Foundation, which has a mission ‘to never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children’.
Dr Mahmood - a University of Birmingham graduate who specialised in cosmetic beauty procedures - fell from the balcony of his mansion block penthouse in West Hampstead on July 30 last year.
An inquest heard that Dr Mahmood took his own life just two days after confiding in his Muslim mother for the first time about his sexuality.
The court was told she suggested he saw a psychiatrist to find a 'cure' when he revealed his sexuality.
Today, Matt's walk will reach Birmingham city centre where a closing party in memory of Naz will be held at Saathi Night at the Nightingale Club in Kent Street.
On Saturday Matt will set off from Hurst Street at around 11am for the final six mile leg of his walk to Handsworth Cemetery, where a special ceremony will also take place.
He began his walk on Saturday at Watford High Street Station in London.
Matt hoped to raise £2,500 and is overwhelmed at the support he has received for the walk and the foundation.
• You can go and join in and support Matt Ogston in the last leg of walk on Saturday 25, April. All the information can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1408372639470756/ Matt can be sponsored atwww.justgiving.com/TheJourneyToFindAcceptance . For information about the Naz and Matt Foundation, visit www.nazandmattfoundation.org