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Party for Life – help prevent suicide and celebrate life

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A local woman is organising a special fundraising event in Melksham to raise money for support groups and charities helping to prevent suicide. 

Clare McCarthy, pictured right, who lost her brother to suicide, is organising ‘Party for Life’, on Saturday 10th September at the Sky Bar, Oakfield Stadium at Melksham Town Football Club featuring live music from 5pm to 1am. 

Clare wants the suicide prevention gig to mark her brother’s memory and celebrate how precious life is. 

“Next month is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month and World Suicide Prevention Day is on 10th September when organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide,” said Clare 

“I want to do something super positive that brings communities together through live music in a bid to get people talking and to shift public perception on this stigmatised, and often taboo, topic. 

“I want everything I do to spread hope and raise awareness of support groups and services that offer vital information to prevent future suicides. With my awareness, passion and commitment I will campaign locally and promote the series of events as a celebration of life.” 

Tickets are on now sale for the Party For Life event which is being held at the Sky Bar at Melksham Town’s Football Stadium, on Saturday 10th September.  

Liam Bennett, aka DJ Rocks, kicks off the party at 5pm, while The Roughcut Rebels play the first set. Wiltshire’s popular blues-rock and sometimes a bit of reggae covers band Blind Lemon Experience follow, and Bristol’s funky soul collective The Soul Strutters headline this extravaganza. 

No stranger to organising fundraising events, Clare started Party for Life in 2009, raising funds for Cancer Research and the RUH Bath Cancer Care Centre. And it was revived in 2015, supporting Wiltshire-based charities.  

“This time around the focus is understandably on suicide prevention and 100% of the profits will be given to suicide specific support groups and charities with what promises to be a great night, for a great cause.” 

Using the hashtag #STAY, Clare is going to make this a series of events, “because,” she explained, “those impacted by suicide have one big wish…that their loved ones #STAY another day.”  

Like the Facebook page for details Party for Life – Let’s Celebrate. 

Tickets are £25, book now on 07786 344 553 or email for information: tickets@partyforlife.co.uk

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