Clergyman remembers mother who
died by suicide
A CLERGYMAN who lost
his mother to suicide will undertake a charity cycle
for mental health this weekend with Donegal included
in his 400km route.
Reverend Dr Robin Stockitt, whose mother died 30
years ago this week, will be joined by thirteen
friends as they visit eight Church of Ireland
cathedrals as part of the marathon event.
The cycling pals - both Catholics and Protestants -
hope to raise £10,000 (12,000 euro) for two
charities including Cycle Against Suicide in the
Republic and a renovation fund for Rev. Stockitt's
local parish hall in Donagheady, Co Tyrone.
Reverend Robin Stockitt who will
undertake a charity cycle in memory of his mother
who died by suicide in 1986.
The cleric's interest
in mental health stems from his own family's loss as
well as his interaction with parishioners who have
been bereaved by suicide.
The Church of Ireland rector lost his mother to
suicide on August 3, 1986.
He said Northern Ireland has the highest rate of
suicide in the UK at 16.5 per 100,000.
"This means that in the 18 years since the 1998 Good
Friday peace agreement, more people have died
through suicide than were killed in the 30 years of
The three-day charity cycle begins this Friday and
will include visits to cathedrals in Raphoe, Co
Donegal; Derry, Fermanagh and Belfast.