Three fathers raising awareness of the risk of suicide among young people have been honoured at the Pride of Britain awards.
Mike Palmer, from Sale, accompanied by Andy Airey and Tim Owen – known collectively as 3 Dads Walking – have raised more than £1m in memory of their daughters Beth, Sophie and Emily.
The trio want suicide prevention to be made part of the school curriculum.
Presenting them with a special recognition award, host Carol Vorderman said their efforts were “incredible”.
The trio recently completed a 600-mile (965km) walk between all four UK parliaments.
Ahead of the ceremony in London yesterday (24th October), Mr Palmer said “It is amazing, but we’re remembering Emily, Beth and Sophie. There is a serious side to this. We want to get our word out.
“Suicide and mental health issues do not discriminate.”
Suicide is the biggest killer of under-35s and the men believe youngsters need to be equipped with the tools needed to deal with suicidal feelings.
They have started an online petition calling on the UK government to take action to ensure that suicide prevention is a mandatory subject in every school