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Sheffield postman launches charity challenge in memory of much-loved colleague who took his own life UK News

Andrew Kenny, who lived and delivered the mail in Woodseats, killed himself in January this year, leaving his colleagues devastated.

Jon Scofield, who also tours Woodseats, raises money for the Sheffield Mind charity to help others deal with mental health issues.

He will dress as a different character while delivering mail each day, including Superman, Spiderman, Harry Potter and Super Mario, between Monday May 9 and Friday May 13, with the aim of raising £250 for the charity charity.

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Sheffield postman Jon Scofield has told how he and his colleagues were devastated by the death of their former work colleague Andrew Kenny. He raises money in Andrew’s memory for Sheffield Mind, to help others struggling with mental health issues

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Jon said: “Andrew was a great man who was loved by all who knew him, and his death had such an impact on us at the Woodseats delivery office.

“He was obviously suffering with his mental health, but he seemed to be suffering in silence and neither of us knew until it was too late. It was such a tragedy.

“He was in his 50s and had been a postman for, I think, up to 30 years.

Sheffield postman Jon Scofield in his Superman outfit, which is one of five disguises he will don on his deliveries this week to raise funds for Sheffield Mind in memory of former colleague Andrew Kenny

“I’m fundraising for Sheffield Mind in Andrew’s honor because I want to help people with mental health issues.

“Anything I can raise will hopefully help the charity give people a way forward, help them understand their options, get support and know they are not alone.

“It will also help Sheffield Mind continue to campaign for better services and support so that people with mental health issues get the help they need, when they need it.”

Jon, who is 35 and has four children, told how he was most worried about fitting into the Spiderman suit, having lost half a stone to ensure he could put on his 6ft 3 frame thumbs up in the ruthless outfit.

He revealed that he himself suffered from mental health issues and urged people to be kind and considerate of others.

“Always be good to people because you don’t know what they’re going through in their personal lives,” he said.

“It costs nothing to be kind.”

If you need to talk, you can call Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 or visit: samaritans.org.

For more information on the support available for people struggling with mental health issues, visit: mind.org.uk.

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Source: www.thestar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-05-08 10:03:14

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