Saturday the 7th of May saw over 800 members of the London Irish community come together to raise awareness about suicide and self harm. The Darkness into Light London walk took place at the Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood for the third year running. The walkers began their journey at the hotel and then proceeded to Gladstone Park in the heart of the Cricklewood community. The walk was led by Kerry Association London Chairman Danny Sullivan, London Rose Aisling Hillary, Tralee Mayor Pat McCarthy, Monday Club band members Liam Gill and JP O’Donnell, Catherine Hennessy of icap and members of the DIL London committee.
Danny Sullivan, Kerry Association London Chairman said; “What a fantastic turn out, we couldn’t have wished for more. The walk is a great achievement not only for the committee members but the London Irish community as a whole. I can’t wait to see how successful we have been this year in our fundraising efforts.”
Tara Cronin, Chair of the Darkness into Light London Walk said; “We have estimated that over 800 participants have taken part in the walk this morning. We simply can’t believe the momentum that the walk is generating every year. We have to thank all of our volunteers from the marshals to the registration administrators to the tshirt collection team. Without you all this would have been impossible. We would also like to thank the staff and management team at the Clayton Crown Hotel. They are a fantastic support year after year. Lastly, I have to thank Pieta House and icap. Our hardwork goes towards supporting these charities but without their support the walk wouldn’t have such a profound purpose.”
The money generated from the walk is donated to Pieta House and icap to help support their counselling services for people at risk.
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