05 January 2018
The iconic spire of Louth’s parish church is being ‘Lit up Red’ for the few two weeks of 2018 to raise awareness of the subject of mental health. The friends and family of Richard Madge, whose funeral took place in the church last year, after a battle with mental health issues, have arranged for this visible tribute to him, and to raise funds for SANE, the mental health charity.
Friends and family of Richard gathered in St James’ Church on New Year’s Eve to remember him, together with his mother and grandfather. During a short ceremony in the church, the Revd Nick Brown, Rector of Louth, spoke on the subject of mental health and the Church’s call to promote good health for people in ‘mind, body and spirit’.
The Rector also spoke of the work that is being done in this area by the Parish of Louth through the activities based at the Trinity Centre in Eastgate, and he reminded those gathered that St James is open most days of the year and is a place for anyone who needs some space to think and reflect.
After a short reflection and prayer, those gathered were then invited to light a candle in memory of Richard and to look at the material available about the work of SANE, to which donations have been given in Richard’s memory.
The spire will remain lit red for the first two weeks of January, and during this time it is hoped that people will recognise both the need to pay attention to their mental health and also the challenges that many people find in this area and in terms of accessing any help that they might need.
Further information on the Team Parish of Louth may be found here.
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