Gav Topley

Lads Advice Group Fundraiser in Memory of LCpl Taylor Cole

Fundraising for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
raised of £30,000 target
by 1008 supporters
Event: Trek Kilimanjaro with Discover Adventure 2021, from 26 December 2021 to 4 January 2022
We support young people at risk of suicide to stay safe and find hope in times of need


This is the current fundraising effort of Lads’ Advice with members of the group undertaking various challenges to advance us toward our £30,000 target for Papyrus Suicide Prevention. Once we hit target two members will summit both Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro, the two highest mountains in Africa

The main activity carried out by Lads’ Advice is on Facebook here:

But you can also keep up to date with our news on insta here:

and Twitter @advice_lads

You can read more about what we do here:

****Latest Events****

On Saturday 14th September 2024 Gav Topley, Luke Hutchinson, Tom Bunker, Callum Smith, James Tallett, Ruari Barbour-Smith, Ryan Watkiss, Callum Harvey, Callum O’Toole, Elliott McCormick, Callum Bromilow and Harrison Sutton will be running 36 Miles from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly Train Stations, with a stop off at Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide HQ in Warrington. The 12 runners represent the 12 men who take their own lives every day in the UK.

This likely to be the final fundraising event before two of our members climb the two highest peaks in Africa as the finale to our fundraising efforts for Papyrus, and we hope to hit our £30,000 fundraising target by the time we set foot in Manchester together. So, if you can spare even £1 please please get involved sponsor us, and tell your friends.

Every penny is massively appreciated. Papyrus rely on fundraisers like this to continue to be able to be there for young people through their darkest hour, supporting them to stay safe, whilst things change for the better. By supporting our fundraiser you are supporting Papyrus to save lives ,

on Sunday the 8th September 24 Lads’ Advice founder Gav Topley and Steve, Taylor Cole’s Dad will be taking part in the Great North Run, the worlds biggest half marathon. Steve and Gav will be running for this fundraiser and in memory of Taylor. Please support them if you can!💙

Oli Wales will be running his first ever marathon, the Hangers Heroes Challenge which is along undulating off road terrain in Dorset. 

He will be running on our behalf in aid of Papyrus and in memory of Lance Corporal Taylor Cole.  You can support Oli’s amazing efforts by donating above. Every penny counts! Thank you 💪🏃‍♂️💙

On the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April Gav, Eddie Matthews (3 PARA)   Paul Hallin (Royal Artillery)  and Brandon Hallin will climb a series of Scottish peaks ending with Ben Nevis  to boost fundraising in memory of Taylor 

On 19th March 23 Ryan Easton took part in the Dark Skies event, a 14 mile run in the dark over undulating terrain raising £272 toward our total and Gav ran the Rome Marathon in 3:39:34 in memory of Lance Corporal Taylor Cole (Royal Signals)  a member of Lads’ Advice, who recently sadly took his own life 

Ryan 's Kielder Dark skies 14 mile run in dark

Check out Jamie’s first ever Marathon attempt:

 Check out Dan’s Epic Wild Swim:

Jake’s back breaking marathon over Pen y fan

& Tom’s gruelling coast to coast Hike

The main event is a killi climb.  The date is wrong but we had to click an event to allow us to start fundraising.  We will be climbing in Feb 2023! 

 As we are aiming for such a big target members of the group will be taking part in smaller events along the way, to encourage people to give. These will be detailed in this space


Gav took part in the David Goggins 4x4x48 challenge.. But adapting it slightly.  From 08.00hrs March 4th 2022, he  ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 52 hours.  This amounted to 13 x 4 miles runs in just over two days and a total of two full marathons in distance.  It may sound easy but the combo of no sleep and little recovery time really took its toll. Please support by donating if you can.  Each leg started out at the corner of Madingley and Grange Road at 0800, 12.00, 16.00, 20.00 and 00.00.  Moral support was massively appreciated with friends from Cambridge Uni  joining for a four mile leg and Gav only having to run the 4ams alone!

The David Goggins challenge was also completed for our fundraiser in 2021 by Joe Dilling, Callum Abraham, and James Flynn. Callum’s grandma also held a sale of some incredible looking cakes to add to our total!

Gav took part in the London Marathon 2021 on  Oct 3rd, coming in with a time of 3:52 

Dean Luke Booth has held a number of events at The 8 Bells Failsworth (Manchester) including an auction of a signed Man Utd shirt and raising a total so far of over £1,200 

Chad Owen has completed various running fundraisers toward our target, with sponsors giving directly to this page. Justgiving recently reintroduced teams which will make it much easier for members of the group to set up their own events toward our target, using their own JG page, but with their totals automatically being added toward our target!

Nicholas Webster donated several items of bespoke jewellery for online raffles and auctions raising ££ for the cause whilst providing the lads with stunning cufflinks for themselves and rings and necklaces as gifts for family and friends 

We have held 2 Annual Charity Dinners at St John’s College, Cambridge  with key note speakers ranging from Woody Cook to Robin Horsfall. Members also gave incredibly moving speeches, with Joe Dilling’s talk in identity, confidence and his stammer leading to several pod cast appearances. Our piper was provided with fees very kindly waived in year one in the form of Tpr Boyd RDG, and in year two by Trinity College Deputy Head Porter and former Blackwatch Soldier Roy Sloane. We were also brilliantly entertained without charge by Os Surdinhos samba Drummers lead by Eve Machin.  Both dinners were brilliantly executed by the catering staff raised around £2,000 toward our target 


My best mate Charlie and I set up a group to support young men who might find it difficult to ask for help during the first covid 19 lockdown.  We now sit at nearly 5k members and have been massively moved by the way members have supported each other and answered every single call for help without judgement 

We wanted to do something on behalf of the group to raise money for a suicide prevention charity.

Gav will be running the London marathon 2021, and then - once we hit our target Gav and Charlie will climb the highest peak in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.

Several other lads on the group have done challenges ranging from running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48hrs, to collaborating with family members on cake sales.  We appreciate every single one of those lads, and every single one of you who is able to donate and/or support us

Thank you!

PAPYRUS is the national Charity for the Prevention of Young Suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK, in 2018 over 1800 young people took their own lives. PAPYRUS provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK. Every £5 raised can help pay for a life-saving contact to HOPELINEUK. Your donations really are lifesaving, thank you.

About the charity

PAPYRUS is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. We run HOPELINE247 0800 068 4141 a freephone confidential helpline staffed by trained professionals who give advice, support & information to anyone who is feeling suicidal, or concerned that a young person they know may be at risk

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