Holly Ireland, 25, took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last month in memory of her 17-year-old brother, Marshall Metcalfe, who died on May 7 last year, and her mother Jane, who died. tragically committed suicide a month later.
She said: “It was moving, difficult and empowering, but so rewarding. At the top we raised a flag with so many faces of people who lost their lives by suicide. I did it for my mother and my child. brother, but for all others as good. “
Holly, who lives in Burnley, has raised over £ 1,000 for Get Fit 4 Mental Wellness, a charity that promotes mental and physical health.
She was joined on her 24-mile journey along the slopes of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough by 11 other people whose lives have been affected by depression and suicide.
“I want people to know that this is just the start,” she said. “This is just one first step among many. I want to make changes. The current mental health system still fails so many individuals and families.”
Holly’s brother Marshall suffered catastrophic head injuries after falling from the top of Sainsburys on Talbot Road on May 7. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
A month later, her mother Jane Ireland, 44, was also found dead in her home on Heeley Road in St Annes.
Holly had previously told The Gazette how she struggled for years to get her mother and brother the help they desperately needed. Marshall, a former Lytham High School student, had been hospitalized and discharged several times since 2017 and was released from The Cove, a specialist hospital unit for mentally ill adolescents, shortly before his death.
“I want to do what I can to reduce the stigma around mental health and get people to talk about it because it’s real and affects so many people,” said Holly, who now hopes to complete National Challenge Three. Peaks composed of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in memory of his brother and mother.
“I think Marshall would be proud of us. They both would be.”