Cumbria; Three Dads Walking: Trio complete 300-mile walk

Three fathers who lost their daughters to suicide have completed a 300-mile walk to raise funds and awareness.

Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen walked between their homes in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Norfolk.

Celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig donated, with the fathers raising more than £500,000 for suicide prevention charity Papyrus.

The trio, who took 15 days to do the walk, were greeted at about 09:35 BST by a crowd of cheering supporters.

The walkers began at Mr Airey’s home in Morland, Cumbria, then headed to Sale in Greater Manchester, where Mr Palmer lives, before finishing at Mr Owen’s home in Shouldham, Norfolk.

Mr Airey lost his daughter Sophie, 29, just before Christmas 2018. Mr Palmer’s daughter Beth was 17 when she took her own life in March 2020, a few days after Mr Owen’s 18-year-old daughter Emily died.

Mr Owen said the support and “acts of kindness” shown to them along their route had been “incredible” and it had been a “great 15 days”.

He said they had met “hundreds” of people affected by suicide along the way.

Crossing the finishing line, Mr Airey said he was “alright” and it had been a “very pleasant stroll”.

He said: “We’ve been talking about our girls all day every day so it’s like they are travelling with us all the time.

“We’ve always got a hole in our lives that are our girls but it’s been fantastic to share some time with a lot of people and help some people along the way.”