Family holds hope walk after loved one’s suicide

HOPE John Carter's sisters Linda Carter-Matthews, left, and Marianne Lording, right, and his cousin Vicky Lording, centre who are part of a family Hope Walk to raise money for the charity Papyrus. Picture: Steve Reid (13280-739)
HOPE John Carter's sisters Linda Carter-Matthews, left, and Marianne Lording, right, and his cousin Vicky Lording, centre who are part of a family Hope Walk to raise money for the charity Papyrus. Picture: Steve Reid (13280-739)
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THE family of a man who committed suicide are to walk through the streets of Gosport in his name.

Close family and friends of John Carter, of Fareham, are set to raise cash for a charity’s suicide helpline.

Vicky Lording, 26, of Keast Walk, in Bridgemary, Gosport, is one of John’s cousins.

She said: ‘I was really gutted to lose one of my closest cousins.

‘I don’t want anyone else to suffer like my family has suffered, we go through it every day.

‘We have to live with the fact he’s gone and he had no one to turn to.

‘I was really close to John, my mum was like his big sister.’

Mr Carter had suffered from depression before he committed suicide aged 36.

He was found hanged in his garden shed in 2011.

His family are raising cash for Papyrus, which runs a helpline for people aged up to 35, or for people concerned about a young person.

Vicky added: ‘He was depressed and took his own life. If he had known about this charity that he could have rung and spoke to, so it wasn’t just family, and they could’ve helped, he might have still been here today.

‘No one really knows of this charity, so we really want to make people aware that there is help out there for people who find it hard to talk to their family.

‘It’s being able to get your feelings out there, if you’re feeling really low, talking to someone sometimes helps – it makes you feel better.’

John’s sister Linda Carter-Matthews and his cousin Marianne Lording will be on the hope walk on October 20.

They are set to be joined by family members, some as young as 10 years old.

Vicky added: ‘Our cousins and aunties are joining in.

‘There’s going to be a good 20 or 30 people.

‘We’ll be thinking of John, sharing a few stories, we’ve all got different memories.

‘He was a happy, fun-loving person and well-known.’

The walk is from the Gosport Ferry terminal to The Hoeford Inn, Gosport Road. For help, call Papyrus on 0800 068 41 41.