A FUNDRAISING effort in memory of a Solihull teenager has broken its £1000 target.
The family of Lewis McDonough, aged 18 from Kingshurst, has raised money for charity Mind, after he died earlier this month.
Lewis’ sister Jade said it was important young men feel they can find someone to speak to.
She said: “Mental health is a cause to support in Lewis’s memory and hopefully to save others like Lewis and families like ours from the heartache we are suffering.
“Mental health is something I feel needs to be discussed more and, men in particular, need to know that no matter how they are feeling, there is help there and suicide isn’t their only option.
“Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Lewis will know what a great sense of humour he had and he would make anyone laugh with his jokes and he never took life seriously.
“But you never really know what is going on inside someone’s head, as a smile really can hide a thousand words. “Lewis is an amazing, funny and kind person who has already saved three lives through organ donation. In memory of Lewis, we would like to continue to help others.”
Jade, 28, hopes to organise an event such as a sky-dive once the pandemic lockdown is over, along with her Mom, Grandad and Uncle.
Donations in memory of Lewis can be made via uk.gofundme.com/f/ubzq6t-mind.
For support with mental health issues call Samaritans any time on 115 123.