DATE 22.10.2021


The Long Sutton Men’s Shed have today shown their support for 3 DAD’S WALKING (see website www.3dadswalking.uk ) suicide prevention initative to raise funds and enhance awareness for the PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide Charity (see website www.papyrus-uk.org)

The 3 Dads living in 3 different parts of the country and each had lost a daughter to suicide Andy Airey (Sophie) from Cumbria, Mike Palmer (Beth) from South Manchester and Tim Owen (Emily) from Norfolk.  (Pictures of the 3 girls on the 3 Dads Walking website)

The 3 Dads took on the challenge of walking 300 miles from Cumbria to  Shouldham near Kings Lynn in 15 days and raising awareness along the way walking for the Papyrus Charity campaign for suicide prevention.

In the UK Suicide is the biggest killer of young people aged 35 and under.  Many of these deaths are preventable and in 1997 a group of bereaved parents who have lost a child to suicide started Papyrus, which is a charity supporting bereaved parents and offering suicide prevention information.

The Long Sutton Men’s Shed are also just embarking on an ambitious expansion project supported by SHINE the Lincoln based Mental Health Network who have a large Suicide Prevention project supported by the Lincolnshire County Council, NHS Lincolnshire CCG and the SHINE Network.

Our Shed suicide prevention lead by Frank Heinrich-Tiller our Suicide Prevention project co-ordinator and the Shed’s funding officer, accompanied by Jim Stalley, Welfare Officer and a good number of other Shedders including Eric Seekings (our oldest member 95) met up with the 3 Dads Walking at Sutton Bridge on Saturday morning to cheer them on and show our support for suicide prevention and encourage people to make a donation to this worthy cause.

Donations can be made on line via the website: www.3menwalking.uk  Please give generously.


Long Sutton Men’s Shed is based at the Silverwood Nursery Centre, St James Road (B1390) Long Sutton and members come from Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge in the east and Spalding in the west and including Holbeach and all villages in between.

The concept of a Men’s Shed originated in Australia with Government support 40 years ago and there are now over 450 Sheds in the UK and many more around the world.  Aimed at older, retired, bereaved, redundant men including those with physical and mental health problems or just lonely, anxious or simply looking for companionship and wanting to spend creative time with like-minded men in a welcoming space.  We give our members a renewed purpose in their lives, with a new desire to get out of bed in the morning.

The benefits to be gained from belonging to a Men’s Shed are significant and well documented, it is recognised that loneliness and the feeling of isolation can be seriously hazardous to health.  Men’s Shed provides the means to help improve member’s well-being and by attending the Shed we have helped many men reduce their feelings of loneliness, and have given them the feeling that they belong and helping their state of mind and may improve their relationships at home and in the community.

Long Sutton Men’s Shed was established 4 years ago and is open 09:30 AM to 13:00 PM every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings. We currently have 82 members and we are now working to extend the Shed, so we can double the capacity for our continuingly increasing membership.