An Aberystwyth mother who lost one of her sons to suicide last year is facing her fear of heights in a bid to save young lives.
Cambrian News reported “Linda Collins said she is “terrified of heights”, but will undertake a skydive to raise awareness and funds for national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, in memory of her elder son, Thomas, who died by suicide just over a year ago, aged just 19.
On Sunday, Linda will dive from the sky at Swansea Airport.
The following day would have been Thomas’ 21st birthday.
It will be a family event, with her younger son, 16-year-old Declan, ready to catch her on landing.
“Never a day goes by when I ask myself why? Why Thomas?” Linda said.
“He was a very calm, loving son who loved life and who seemed to have such a bright future ahead of him.
“Sadly his best friend since they were three years old, Kyran, had died by suicide just a few months before we lost Thomas.
“Knowing what I have since learnt through my support to PAPYRUS, I wonder whether this affected Thomas more deeply than our family realised.
“Now I want to do whatever I can to save other young lives so that more families do not endure the devastation of losing sons or daughters through suicide.”
Coleg Ceredigion, where Thomas attended as a pupil, is supporting Linda’s fundraising campaign, as is Rummers Wine Bar, where Thomas and his friends used to meet.