THIS weekend sees the seventh annual Darkness into Light (DIL) fundraising event take place in London – albeit virtually, due to Covid-19 Restrictions.
Usually, the DIL walk brings over 1000 people out to gather at 4.30am in Cricklewood and Hazlewood to walk from the darkness of night into the light of the morning hours.
While the physical event can’t take place, the organisers of the popular fundraising event are inviting supporters to join them virtually at 8am on Saturday, May 8, by taking on a walk or a challenge of their choice to raise funds for the Pieta House suicide prevention charity and icap, which offers counselling and psychotherapy services to the Irish in Britain.
Tara Cronin, who founded the London DIL walk seven years ago, told The Irish Post: “It’s been a strange year for all of us both here in UK and all our loved ones, friends and family in Ireland, so we will all walk this year at sunrise and reflect and think of those that we have lost to suicide.”
She added: “We hope next year we will all be able to gather and walk once more together. It’s always such a special morning when people walk together and chat or indeed walk in silence.”
Ms Cronin encouraged those who have not yet registered to do so to sign up to support DIL London’s charity partner ICAP, who continue to work in the community and promote mental health awareness despite the pandemic.
For further information about icap click here.
To sign up for the Brighter Together DIL walk click here.