Charity to provide retreat to families whose loved ones take their own lives

By Kris Jepson

A new charity is to provide a retreat in County Durham to families whose loved ones have taken their own lives.

Quinn's Retreat provides families with a caravan in a tranquil country setting near Barnard Castle.

The charity was set up by Tracey and David Beadle, whose daughter, Quinn, took her own life on 9 December 2018 aged just 17.

Tragically, her brother Dylan, 21, struggled with his mental health following her death and took his own life in Manchester 10 months later.

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Tracey Beadle told ITV News Tyne Tees why they set up the retreat in memory of their children and how the couple would like it to build on their legacy.

The people that we want to help are people who have been bereaved by suicide and also who are struggling with their mental health. Statistics tell us that if you’ve lost a loved one to suicide, you’re 25 per cent more likely to die by suicide yourself. Obviously we know that because we’ve lost our son to suicide after we’ve lost our daughter to suicide. We just want to give those people a break. I’m not saying coming to a caravan for a few days can solve all your problems but it just gives you a bit of time away, just to breathe again and just remember your loved one, without thinking everybody is looking at me, because nobody here is going to know why you’re here. We want to get Dylan and Quinn’s story out there because our world is a darker place without them, but we want to bring some light into other people’s lives through Dylan and Quinn’s story.

Tracey Beadle
Quinn's Retreat Credit: ITV News