The Final Countdown

Whitehaven girls Stacey Weir and Lauren Graham are just five days away from free falling to the ground with nothing but air to hold on to. Why would they do such a thing, you ask? Well, they are braving the skies in memory of Stacey’s dad, John Hyncica.

“I didn’t need SOBS’s support myself when I was told about the charity, because I had been dealing with the grief with the help of my family and friends, but I know there are people out there who really do need this support. It’s so important that the support is there.”

The Cumbrian pair are raising money for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS Cumbria), a charity which Stacey thinks is well worth supporting. SOBS Cumbria provides bereavement support locally to people in and around Cumbria, South Scotland, North Lancashire and North East England. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month, with groups in North, South and West Cumbria. They also have a local 24/7 helpline.

 “I want to raise as much money as I can, because raising more money means that SOBS can help more people. It really is an amazing cause.”

So far, the pair have raised £1237 of their £2,000 target.

They have only a few days to collect the rest of their donations, so they need your help to reach their target. To contribute, visit their BT MyDonate donation page. Alternatively, you can choose a different method of donation here.

If you are struggling with the death of someone who has taken their own life and need someone to listen to your experience and offer you support, please do get in touch. You can call the SOBS Cumbria 24/7 helpline on 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan). You can also email us at, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria