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Reds supporters aim to create legacy in memory of Liam Jones

25 May 2018

Barnsley Football Club were saddened by the news of the passing of one of our own recently, when 24-year-old Reds supporter Liam Jones took his own life. 

Liam, a huge football lover and avid Barnsley FC fan was your typical young lad in that regard, where weekends watching the Reds were a real passion as was the time he'd spend with his beloved partner, friends and family. 

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK - 84 take their own lives every week. Branded a 'silent epidemic' by leading figures in the UK health service, suicide has a devastating effect on the people left behind, be that family, friends or whole communities.

And in this instance, it's the friends and family of Liam along with the Barnsley FC community who've rallied around over the last few days and in amongst trying to make sense of their loss they've come together to make something positive out of this tragic event. 

We were contacted by Laura Copeland, a friend of Liam's who explained that despite the devastating circumstances, the community were going to try and make a difference. 

"What happened has really shook everyone, obviously," Laura told us.

"Liam was a smiler, he was down to earth and had a real passion for people and of course, his beloved Barnsley FC.

"But over the last few days it became clear to us, his family and friends that we didn't want his passing to be just another statistic. And so we've created a facebook page in the hope of raising much-needed awareness regarding mental health and suicide.

"Liam was a young man, just 24, with his whole life ahead of him. He was a son, a brother and boyfriend. He loved travelling and seemed happiest when with family, friends and his long term partner, Quinn.

"For whatever reason, he decided to end his life but we want to do our bit if we can to try and save others. That's why we've set up the page and it's been received well so far. The whole Barnsley community have done us proud and we thank everyone for their support at this time. 

"There's also a GoFundMe account setup too, where people can donate money, however small an amount which is going to his family to help pay for his funeral."

Everyone at Oakwell passes on their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Liam Jones.

You can visit the Liam Jones Legacy page over on facebook, or the Liam Jones Fund page by clicking on the two links below.

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Liam Jones Legacy 

Liam Jones Fund


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