Blaengwawr Inn Raising Awareness of Mental Health Following Tragic Deaths in the Community

The Blaengwawr Inn, Aberdare is planning a weekend of fundraising activities following the tragic suicides of two local men. The owners of the public house, Derek and Elaine along with staff Mathew Jones and his partner Angharad, have organised a sponsored walk this Saturday and a charity football match on Sunday with all proceeds going to Merthyr and The Valleys Mind.

Mathew Jones explains:

“Our whole community has been shocked by the suicides of two of my close friends, Nolan John (43) and Gary Williams (28). Myself and my partner felt like we needed to do something to raise awareness of mental health and to let people know that there is support available. We have around 50 people taking part in the sponsored walk on Saturday, and on Sunday we’ll have a football match between the Blaengwawr Inn team and friends and family of Nolan and Gary.

“Derek and Elaine from Blaengwawr Inn have very kindly agreed to provide the entertainment and complimentary budget for the events. All proceeds will be donated to Merthyr and The Valleys Mind to support the work they do, but more importantly we want to raise awareness of the support available and hopefully get men talking about their feelings.”

Male suicide is often called the ‘silent killer’ as it is the single biggest cause of death for men under the age of 45 in the UK. Recent statistics reveal that 84 men take their own life each week.

If you or someone you know has been struggling with suicidal thoughts, Mind can provide you with information, advice and support by clicking here.

Alternatively call us at Merthyr and The Valleys Mind on 01685 707480, email us at or call in and see us on Merthyr High Street 115.