A CHARITY set up in honour of a former St Matthew’s Academy pupil has kicked off a jam-packed month of fund-raising.

Megan’s Space was launched in 2019 after Megan Copeland, a young woman with a bright future and personality, loved by those around her, made the tragic choice to take her own life.

She had battled long and hard with her mental health and ultimately, lost her battle.

Megan’s story is not unique, though, and that’s why in 2019, in the aftermath of her tragic death, Megan’s Space was founded by her parents Jenny and Rob with the aim of stopping the same thing happening to anyone else.

July was the month of Megan’s birth and for the charity it will now be known as Megan’s Memorial Month.

Launched in 2021, MMM features a busy events schedule that is unashamedly fun, and has the simple purpose of getting as many people as possible involved, creating as much awareness around the topic as possible and ultimately raising as much money as possible for the cause.

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After a phenomenal effort last year, which saw more than £12,400 raised for the cause, this time round, they are taking things to a whole new level.

The efforts by the Megan’s Space team so far have already included climbing Ben Lomond, to symbolise the struggle we all have to reach our peak.

There was also a three-and-a-half hour ‘Walk Out Of Darkness’ event, which began at 1am and saw 12 people take part, stopping in at Woodland View in Irvine, where Megan was an in-patient.

And most recently there was a charity football tournament, where five teams and 44 players battled it out at Jack’s Park, raising £800 in the process.

But there is still plenty more to come, and the events continue this Saturday, July 16, with a candlelit vigil taking place at Irvine Beach from 7pm.

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The month’s events conclude on Friday, July 29 with a quiz night featuring plenty of prizes at St Mary’s Church, Irvine from 7.30pm.

But the month isn’t just about these events, and throughout the whole of July the team are encouraging everyone to walk 300,000 steps.

For anyone who’s interested in getting involved and carrying on the amazing work that Megan’s Space are doing, you are encouraged to get in touch via their Facebook page.

Here you will also find full updates on upcoming events, and how exactly to attend these.

If you wish to support from afar, you can also donate to the charity by BACS transfer to the recipient ‘Megan’s Space’ (sort code: 831727, account number: 00698155).