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Weʼre raising £20,000 to support The RNLI, Papyrus & The Wave Project to create a lasting legacy in memory of Dom Sowa who died from a mental illness. Thank you.

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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On 29th October 2017 we lost Dom, our beloved son and little brother to Greg. He was 17 years old, was a talented and beautiful young man full of potential. He was a gifted singer, artist, baker and a loyal and loving friend, son and brother who would dearly have loved to be here to fulfil his dreams for life. He was looking forward to going to university or art college and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his friends and family. We know from his messages to us that in his healthy mind he so wanted to live but tragically his social anxiety which is a severe and little understood mental illness got the better of him.
In memory of Dom we would like to help others by raising as much as possible for the RNLI who searched with such dedication and compassion; Papyrus, the UK national charity, which is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, and The Wave Project, which helps young people reduce anxiety and improve emotional health through surfing.
We will live forever with the knowledge that, if only Dom had found a way to tell us how he felt, or a more effective clinical diagnostic tool had been available, then we might still have our beautiful son here. We are so proud of his achievements in the short time he was with us and hope that you will remember him and then go on to live your lives to the fullest as he would have so loved to have been able to do. If you suffer from anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts please tell someone. These feelings do pass and can be treated. There is so much loving help in the world but silence is deadly. Please be generous and help us to reach others before it is too late for them. We would not wish this grief on anyone and know that Dom would want us to help others in need.

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  • The Sowa Family1 month ago
    The Sowa Family

    The Sowa Family

    1 month ago

    It is almost a year since Dom's funeral gathering and we are going to close the JustGiving account. It has raised an amazing £23, 529 for our charities and we want to say thank you. In the darkest days of our lives it has provided a constant reminder of the good in the world. Keep your loved ones close. Remember to speak up if you need help. There is no shame in mental illness.

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  • The Sowa Family2 months ago
    The Sowa Family

    The Sowa Family

    2 months ago

    HGS have organised a Hopewalk in Dom’s memory 27th Oct 10am swinsty carpark) main one with loos. Donations to Papyrus can be made via this justnfiving site. Remembering Dom, talking about suicide, making a difference- it’s our way of showing our love for Dom. Hope to see you there if you can make it

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  • The Sowa Family2 months ago
    The Sowa Family

    The Sowa Family

    2 months ago

    Harrogate Grammar School have organised a Hopewalk in Dom’s memory and to raise awareness and funds for Papyrus to prevent young suicide. 27th Oct Swinsty reservoir. Please come along if you can and if you decide to donate to Papyrus, you can do it on our just giving page and we’ll forward the funds. Thank you.

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Page last updated on: 11/23/2018 1:48 PM

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452

  • Harrogate Grammar School

    Harrogate Grammar School

    Nov 23, 2018

    This contribution is for Papyrus from our ‘Wear Something Purple’ Day in the 6th Form at Harrogate Grammar School. In memory of Dom and to continue to raise awareness of mental health as a school.

    £538.11

  • Ian Robinson

    Ian Robinson

    Nov 16, 2018

    I’m so pleased to be able to contribute to this wonderful charity - supporting a cause very dear to my heart. My love and very best wishes to you, Jan and to your family. Ian

    £20.00

  • Helen Nicholson

    Helen Nicholson

    Nov 16, 2018

  • Sam Moore

    Sam Moore

    Oct 29, 2018

    £10.00

  • Mrs Rebecca E Greenwood & Family

    Mrs Rebecca E Greenwood & Family

    Oct 27, 2018

    You are all In our thoughts so very often. Sending lots of love, and very best wishes for a really successful walk. What wonderful work Pat to increase awareness on an increasingly important Issue x

  • Egle

    Egle

    Oct 26, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anita Carroll

    Anita Carroll

    Oct 26, 2018

    Sending Our Love. Anita, Charlotte & Nicola xxx

    £20.00

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