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Mike Palmer

My name is Mike Palmer and I lost my beloved daughter Beth to suicide in March 2020, in the first week of Covid lockdown. She was just 17. Once a bulletproof firefighter my world became the dark and surreal place that is complex grief.

It is so hard to move forward. However, founding 3 Dads Walking with two other dads bereaved by suicide, Tim Owen and Andy Airey, has been a huge positive. We all believe in making a difference to stop other families also experiencing this unimaginable loss.

In October 2021 we went for a walk and raised over £880,000 for Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide, but more importantly our media coverage encouraged the open and supportive conversations with young people and signposted HopelineUK.

Our work is not yet done.