Fiancé to complete 130 mile walk in memory of gay partner who took his own life after coming out

Dr Nazim Mahmood fell to his death from his luxury London home. Credit: Birmingham Mail

A man whose partner committed suicide after he told his mother he was gay is completing a 130 mile charity walk from London to Birmingham today.

Matt Ogston set off from the capital a week ago to raise awareness and funds for the Naz and Matt Foundation, launched following the death of Dr Nazim Mahmood.

The University of Birmingham graduate, who was from Handsworth, was in a relationship with Mr Ogston for 13 years before he fell from the balcony of his mansion block penthouse in the capital's West Hampstead on July 30 last year.

An inquest last year heard that Dr Mahmood, who specialised in cosmetic beauty procedures, 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.

Mr Ogston was joined by friends and supporters for the start of the eight-day walk to Handsworth Cemetery, where Dr Mahmood is buried.

He's due to arrive at Handsworth Cemetery at around 1:30pm.

The Naz and Matt Foundation aims to change attitudes and increase acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender young people born into religious families, and to offer support to individuals affected.