“Forever in our hearts (Our Josh) Love always Your family x”
Amanda Stocks, a receptionist in the Gynaecology Department of Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), bought a heart in memory of her nephew, Josh Hall, who tragically died as a result of suicide.
She said: “He was one of the kindest, sweetest people you could ever meet. Everyone loved Josh.”
She went on: “He will never be forgotten, not just by family but by any of the people whose lives he touched.”
“I think having this heart permanently on the monument means that he will always be remembered.”
Since his passing, Amanda has become passionate about speaking out and helping others like Josh avoid the same situation.
“It might help other young men going forward to speak to their families. Mental health matters.” she said.
The Trust wants to give a big thank you to Amanda and her family for their openness on this sensitive subject and for raising awareness surrounding male suicide.
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, according to Office for National Statistics. In 2016, the charity ‘Andy’s Man Club’ was founded, now with over 55 talking groups located around the country for men to attend.
There are 25 groups in Yorkshire & The Humber alone, including Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Pontefract and soon in Barnsley.
To join, follow this link (https://andysmanclub.co.uk/club-information/clubs/) and find the location of your nearest group.
If you or someone you know is in urgent need, contact The Samaritans for free, any time, from any phone on 116 123.
You too can dedicate a heart for just £20 either in memory of your loved one or to say thank you to someone who has gone above and beyond for you throughout the pandemic.
The funds raised through Hearts for Doncaster will be directly reinvested into patient care, treatment, and facilities across the Trust.
To purchase a heart, follow this link.