Pete's wingwalk on the wild side fundraising for Samaritans

Pete Fegan, 34 works at his local Steelworks and is a father of two from Scunthorpe. In June he participated in a wing walk and organised a skydive at 15,000 feet in memory his nephew Macauley, who he lost to suicide last year. He’s raising funds for Samaritans.

“Anyone who knows me knows how important my family are and after hearing the devastating news last year that my nephew had taken his own life, I felt like my whole world had collapsed. It’s been a very difficult time for us all, but we’ve managed to get through with the help of family and fabulous friends.

“I have so many wonderful memories of Macauley. As a child, he was always full of energy and was never still for long. When he became a teenager, he was much more aware of his image (like most teens and never left the house without doing his hair) but he always kept in touch with me, always popping in for a chat whenever he was passing, even when he was with his mates.”

“I remember once when he was a toddler he begged me to carry him on my shoulders, when suddenly I somehow managed to lose my footing. As I was falling I remember holding him tight to protect him from the fall. I ended up with broken glasses and a few lumps and bumps. I checked to see if he was ok and he replied asking “Can we do it again?”

“Macauley was only 18 when he took his own life and it pains me to think of what he must have been going through. I knew immediately after he died I just had to do something to help others who may be in a similar situation to him, so I got in touch with my local Samaritans branch in Scunthorpe. 

“I organised a fundraising event for the community and got 28 people involved. We wing walked on Saturday 17th June and then faced our fears again the very next day when we took part in a sky dive at 15,000 feet. It was humbling to hear people’s own stories. Suicide and mental health is something, which affects should really be talked about far more.

“After completing the challenges it’s hard to put into words how I feel, but I’m so proud of every person who got involved, helped and supported. We’ve raised over £8,500 so far and this will go a long way in helping to ensure that Samaritans can keep being there for those that really need them.”

You can support Pete in his fundraising bid here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterfegan