Nicole Kidman donates £10,000 to '3 Dads Walking' to raise awareness of suicide prevention

Nicole Kidman has supported three fathers crossing the country on a charity walk to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The actress donated £10,000 to '3 Dads Walking', who are hours away from completing a 300 mile trek in memory of their daughters.

The actress said she was "profoundly moved" by the fathers’ plight.

She said: "Three completely brilliant dads, doing a completely brilliant thing, to benefit so many.

"Ahead of them finishing their epic trek on Saturday, and inspired by Daniel Craig who backed them at the outset of their journey, I am matching his £10,000 to support their excellent fundraising efforts.

"Given the circumstances of the past 18 months and the impact of the pandemic, especially on the young, their work is particularly important right now.

"I would like to dedicate my donation to the memory of Beth, Sophie and Emily."

Nicole Kidman says she was so moved by the fathers' plight she wanted to donate in their daughter's memories. Credit: PA Images

The donation, together with the £10,000 from James Bond actor Daniel Craig and £10,001 from Manchester United legend Lou Macari, has helped the 3 Dads Walking to raise more than £460,000 for the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS.

The charity say the money will cover the cost of 2,000 potentially life-saving calls to their helpline service HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 41 41.

The dads, including Mike Palmer from Manchester, have each lost their daughters to suicide, and began talking about what they could do to prevent other families going through the same heartbreak.

They decided on the idea of walking from each of their homes in a bid to raise awareness for Papyrus.

They set off on their epic 300-mile trek on Saturday 9 October beginning in Cumbria, through Manchester and finishing in Norfolk on 23 October.

The three dads are walking in memory of their daughters, Beth Palmer, Sophie Airey and Emily Owen.

Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of PAPYRUS, says the walk has been a life-saver.

He added: "The three dads epitomise what our charity is all about, turning the tragedy of young suicide into hope.

"Many young suicides are preventable. As the dads end their walk, may the stories of those touched by young suicide continue to enable more life-saving conversations.

"It is remarkable that these proud fathers, who are each trying to deal with their own grief in their own way, have found such a positive path forward together."


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CALM

CALM, or the Campaign Against Living Miserably, runs a free and confidential helpline and webchat – open from 5pm to midnight every day, for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

It also supports those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).

  • Phone their helpline: 0800 585858 (Daily, 5pm to midnight)

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Mind

Mind is a mental health charity which promotes the views and needs of people with mental health issues.

It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

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PAPYRUS

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice you can contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

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.

HOPELINEUK is the charity’s confidential helpline service providing practical advice and support to young people with thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide.

HOPELINEUK is staffed by trained professionals, offering a telephone, text and email service.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is an organisation offering confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

  • Phone 116 123 (a free 24 hour helpline)

  • Email: jo@samaritans.org

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YoungMinds

YoungMinds is a resource with information on child and adolescent mental health, but also offers services for parents and professionals.

It is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health, and wants to make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it

  • YoungMinds Textline - Text YM to 85258

  • Phone Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4pm)

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