Weeks after celebrating her 21st birthday Evangeline Dobson Douglas (Evie) completed suicide. Evie exuded creativity,she studied,sang,painted,taught and choreographed dance,travelled worldwide,was an exercise instructor, and participated in extreme sports: marathon running,skiing,Tough Mudder, microlighting,and sky diving. She had so much to live for.........But Evie also struggled with her mental health and after years of depression she needed the pain to stop.We miss her so much. Our charity supports others with mental health issues.
Growing up next door to Evie and being in the same year at school we saw each other most days. Although we were in different friend groups, Evie’s infectious smile always caught my attention and made me smile too. I admired Evie for her need for adventure and marvellous talents in particular her stunning dancing and art.
When Freda told me about Kilimanjaro and asked if I would be interested in climbing it as part of Evie’s bucket list I couldn’t help but say YES.
I cannot wait to take on this challenge and hopefully inspire others, proving that whether mental or physically all mountains can be overcome