Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s community dance coach Jen Calvert was instrumental in wowing the crowd with a flash mob dance performance during Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s World Suicide Prevention Day vigil this week.
Jen helped to coordinate a routine that a collection of local people learned over the course of the summer before performing it towards the end of the well-attended vigil outside Blackburn Town Hall, in order to spontaneously create a memorable moment for the event’s well-wishers to take home with them.
As well Jen’s prior input and performance at the midweek gathering, the club are furthering awareness of the suicide prevention campaign’s message during Saturday’s game against Millwall via a number of key messages around the stadium, amplifying a year-long programme of events, activities, training opportunities and suicide awareness raising in the borough.
Suicide prevention has been one of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s key corporate campaigns to support over the past year, given the growing awareness of this vitally important issue both locally and nationally.
Alongside the inspirational dance performance, the events surrounding the vigil on Tuesday saw pairs of coloured shoes placed at the cathedral and carried over to the Town Hall to represent the lives sadly lost in Blackburn with Darwen to suicide.
Each pair represented a life lost within our borough, with the premise that the empty shoes represented the loss of the life that would once have worn them.
Central to the organisation of the event was Tony Harrison – a tireless local advocate for suicide prevention who lost his only child, Vicky, to suicide in 2010 – while keynote speakers including the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Jim Shorrock, and representatives of numerous local support groups and charities also shared powerful stories and important messages to a highly receptive and respectful crowd.