A dad has completed a 100-mile walk for charity, in memory of his beloved son who took his own life back in 2018.
Graham Holder’s son Jack Holder ended his own life just three weeks before his 21st birthday after battling with his mental health. The stadium-to-stadium walk was in memory of the father and son’s last time together; Sheffield Wednesday’s and Aston Villa’s 2018 championship fixture just weeks before Jack’s death.
Graham’s walk comes after Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme announced their own mental health initiative hosted at Hillsborough Stadium.
“Talk Club” which runs every Monday 6-8 pm in the Education Hub at Hillsborough Stadium, provides mental well-being support for local men and a safe/comfortable space to talk and listen.
Arthur Dawes, a friend of Graham, said: “SWFC and AVFC are fantastic traditional football clubs that mean so much to their communities. Both clubs’ initiatives can be so important in helping young people in similar circumstances to Jack. Being able to access this support will be of massive benefit.”
Talk Club is open to men of all ages and is a gym for the mind. “We all know what men are like, they never want to go to the doctor and they’re too stubborn to ask for help. Talk Club is not therapy, it’s a safe space for men of all ages to come down and just talk, there’s no pressure to open up.” said: James Shaw from Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme.
All the money raised from Graham’s walk 4 Jack will go towards supporting mental health charities, in a bid to help other struggling people.
If you’d like to learn more about the Talk Club initiative, please email: [email protected]