A SUICIDE prevention and support charity is holding a walk and exhibition next month to remember an artist from Stroud.

Sunflowers Suicide Support will be leading a two to three mile walk around the beautiful Miserden estate on Sunday, September 9.

The route, which starts from Miserden Village Hall from 1pm, has some uphill stretches and young children may be best in carriers rather than pushchairs - dogs on leads are welcome.

Sunflowers is also exhibiting some of the artwork of Pete Morris, who took his own life when he was 29.

His death motivated his family to set up Sunflowers to reduce the number of people who take their own lives in Gloucestershire and raise awareness of the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Pete’s family found there was a lack of specialist support in the county.

“Pete had no history of mental illness and although he was feeling low from a recent relationship breakdown, he never indicated that he was struggling,” the family explained.

“He was a popular and charismatic artist with a wonderful sense of humour.

“Everybody loved to spend time with Pete; with his infectious laugh and huge smile he was sure to brighten your day.

“He was extremely close to his family and had a very strong network of friends that all loved him dearly.

“Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined Pete could contemplate doing this.

“We feel the pain of his loss everyday and miss him immensely.

“We will forever ask ourselves why.”

The family have previously used Pete’s art for Christmas cards, which was one of Pete’s favourite time of the year, with money raised going back into the charity.

Sunflowers was recently given a vital funding boost by Stroud District Council after staff voted for it to be their charity of the year.

The walk and exhibition comes a day before World Suicide Prevention Day 2018.

Tickets cost £10 per adult and also includes a cream tea.

For more information and to book your ticket, visit tickettailor.com/events/sunflowerssuicidesupport/171338.

To find out more about Sunflowers and the work they do, visit their website.