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Community nurse plans skydive to help prevent young suicide

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A district nurse from South Yorkshire is taking to the skies for her first ever skydive to raise awareness that young suicide can be prevented.

Marie Harris, community specialist practitioner at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will make the 17,000 foot jump at Langar Airfield in Nottingham on 29 August.

“I hope by doing this we can raise awareness of the increase in young suicide”

Carol Sharpe

She volunteered for the jump to support her friend and colleague, Carol Sharpe, whose granddaughter Georgia Walsh had taken her own life in 2017 aged just 16 years and nine months.

Ms Harris said: “As a group of friends we wanted to do something for Carol and her family and help raise funds for their chosen charity Papyrus, which does amazing work on preventing suicide in young people.

“The skydive will put me out of my comfort zone, but it was worth it if other young lives can be saved,” she added.

Carol Sharpe, also a community specialist practitioner with the same trust, said: “The whole family is still coming to terms with the loss of Georgia. She should have celebrated her 18th birthday this June.

“I wanted to mark this in some way and my groups of friends have worked with me to organise some charity events to raise money for Papyrus,” said Ms Sharpe.

“I hope by doing this we can raise awareness of the increase in young suicide and hopefully prevent a young person from taking their life and another family from suffering this loss,” she said.

She added: “Thank you Marie, for bravely offering to do this and to my other friends for all their help and continued support.”

  • If you would like support Ms Harris, Ms Sharpe and their colleagues please go to their JustGiving web page 
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