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Ciara's dad in cycle for suicide charity

Greg Harkin

Published 17/02/2014 | 02:30

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Jonathan Pugsley, father of 15-year-old Ciara who died after online bullying. Picture:Mark Condren

A DAD whose teenage daughter took her own life is to raise money to help prevent more deaths.

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Jonathan Pugsley, whose daughter Ciara (15) died in September 2012 after being abused on the Ask.fm site, says he wants to raise money to prevent other deaths.

He plans to cycle the 600km journey from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

Mr Pugsley is hoping to raise thousands of euro for Console, the national suicide prevention charity.

"Unfortunately, we probably all know of someone who is not enjoying such good health and I hope I can help others by doing this," said Jonathan who begins his trip on May 25.

"I know from my own personal experience that the help given by organisations like Console is totally invaluable and it often goes unnoticed," he said.

"It will be very emotional. I've shed tears over it already. But I have to do something to help others.

"I think about Ciara every day; maybe time will heal things and perhaps this cycle will help me," he added.

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR MR PUGSLEY CAN DO SO AT MYCHARITY.IE/EVENT/JONATHAN_PUGSLEYS_EVENT

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