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Mum hosts auction for suicide prevention charity in memory of her tragic daughter


Liz Stott holds a photograph of her daughter Sophy

Liz Stott holds a photograph of her daughter Sophy

Liz Stott holds a photograph of her daughter Sophy

The mother of a young woman who took her own life will hold a charity auction tonight on what would have been her daughter's 21st birthday.

Liz Stott is holding the event to raise funds for the PIPS suicide prevention charity.

Her daughter, Sophy, tragically passed away earlier this year.

A talented musician and writer, Sophy was just 20 when she died. Tonight's event will be held at the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast at 7.30pm.

Among the items up for auction is a signed box set of 7-inch singles donated by The Who, Sophy's favourite band.

All money raised will go towards PIPS. Liz said: "PIPS have no government funding and rely on donations.

"In any one week they can have up to 70 clients through their door. Their aim is to save lives and support people affected by suicide and self-harm, and they aim to increase awareness of suicide and reduce the stigma around it."

Sophy, a former pupil at Methodist College in Belfast, took her own life on March 19.

Liz added: "Sophy would have been 21 on Friday and I needed to try and turn this day into something positive for me.

"It is an issue which is close to my heart. If even one life is saved, it means a lot."

Other prizes include tickets for 'Avenue Q' in the Grand Opera House, an overnight stay at the Wellington Park Hotel and passes for the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.

Tickets are £25 each, including a buffet and raffle ticket, and are available from PIPS Belfast, or at the door on the night.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Tim-Stott2/

Anyone in distress can contact PIPS on (028) 9080 5850.

Belfast Telegraph