Stacey is taking part in Dog Jog Middlesbrough in memory of her brother Lee, who sadly took his own life in March 2017.

“Lee left behind many people who loved and cared for him. He was a gentle giant”, Stacey said.

Her dog, Gunner, will be by her side as she runs for Campaign Against Miserable Living (CALM). CALM is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

Speaking about Lee, Stacey said, “He was a real man, he provided and did right by his family. I think men hide their feelings, they protect us despite what they are going through, and that is why I chose CALM.”

Gunner has always been there for Stacey, especially through the hard times.

“Through everything that happened, he was my support that never left my side. I was never alone.”

Stacey hopes that her fundraising can raise awareness for people in a similar situation to her brother.

“I feel nothing that I say would give him the justice his memory deserves. All I know is if I can prevent this happening to someone else, then I will try, I will always be there because I couldn’t be there for him.”
Stacey is currently studying counselling and hopes to assist in any way she can once her degree is finished.

“I hope to progress my degree in counselling. My main aim is to help and support suicide awareness, suicide prevention and support after suicide.”

Dog Jog Middlesbrough takes place on Sunday 21st October at Albert Park and provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

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