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The Baton of hope is coming to Sheffield June 28, 2023

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Posted 27th June 2023

Everyone is invited to be a part of the UK’s biggest ever suicide prevention initiative, starting conversations and prompting actions.

The Baton of Hope is a suicide awareness and prevention initiative that aims to destigmatise suicide and begin conversations that raise awareness, leading to actions that help those who need it access the right support.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men and women under 35 in the UK.

In June 2023, the specially designed Baton of Hope will set off from Glasgow on a journey through towns and cities across the UK, reaching Downing Street two weeks later.

On 28th June the tour will work its way through Sheffield stopping off at a number of well known venues across the city. You can see the full Sheffield route here https://batonofhopeuk.org/the-tour/sheffield-route/

Public support and participation will be welcome.

Feel free to head to one of these locations and offer your support to this amazing event.


We kick off the Baton of Hope Tour of the city in the blue and white half of Sheffield. Our first Baton-bearer will be our Baton of Hope Ambassador, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club player, Will Vaulks. Will plans to talk about his life and mental health experience before starting The Baton on its Sheffield journey.

08:45 – 09:10 – 1  HILLSBOROUGH PARK

Shining a light on the many charities and organisations who support suicide prevention and champion mental wellbeing is the key focus at Hillsborough Park. Over 30 charities, their founders, and their volunteers from across South Yorkshire, will participate in our ‘Charity Village’ to highlight the support available to local communities in the region.


The connection between education and wellbeing is at the heart of this event. Educators, students and young people will gather to showcase art and photography on the chosen topic – Hope.

10:45 – 11:10 – 3  KELHAM ISLAND

The iconic Kelham Island Museum hosts our business community event where the recent soft launch of the ‘Workplace Charter’ at the Houses of Parliament will be the agenda highlight. Business and enterprise leaders will welcome a volunteer Baton-bearer and share their stories of hope as they work towards safe and inclusive, zero-suicide workplaces.

11:30 – 11:55 – 4  POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Emergency services staff are often at the sharp end of dealing with personal tragedies. Leaders and advocates will show their commitment to both their staff and the people who need their help by relaying The Baton as part of a united effort by all three 999 services. The ‘Blue Light’ services have put significantly improved mental health and wellbeing support in place for their people in recent years – the relay will celebrate that, as well as highlight the work still to be done.


The proven benefits to mental health and wellbeing of moving more, being active and engaging in sport, will be the natural focus for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. It will be an opportunity to see what developments are continuing to take shape here, and around the English Institute for Sport, and to make this Sheffield’s hub for active lives and research.

13:45 – 14:10 – 6  SHEFFIELD FLOURISH

This stop recognises the work of a number of community enterprises that support people from a broad cross-section of cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities. It acknowledges the breadth and variety of strategies through which mental health advocates support the people of Sheffield.

14:30 – 14:40 – THE LEADMILL

The Baton cannot travel through the city without visiting the iconic building known as The Leadmill which opened its doors in 1980 and is the longest serving live music venue in the city. Sheffield has a long history of musical talent, from Def Leppard to the Arctic Monkeys – the musical output from The Leadmill has been a huge source of hope for Sheffield people for decades.

15:00 – 15:25 – 7  BRAMALL LANE

Bramall Lane is where Sheffield United Football Club will join us to highlight the need for change. The Baton will be carried by Tony Currie – a legend from the football club. We will also have the chance to hear from community members who have worked with the football club and have inspiring stories of hope.

16:25 – 16:50 – 8  WESTON PARK

At Weston Park – a stone’s throw from five hospitals and Sheffield University’s Medical School – NHS staff will come together to share their experiences and show their commitment to preventing suicide. A special guest will collect The Baton.

17:15 – 17:40 – 9  SHEFFIELD TOWN HALL

The Baton’s penultimate visit is to the Town Hall steps where civic and faith leaders from across the political and religious spectrum will show their united commitment to removing the stigma associated with suicide, and to creating a city where people of all kinds can find help and support.

18:00 – 19:00 – FINISH  TUDOR SQUARE

Our Baton Tour of Sheffield ends in the famous square at the heart of theatre-land and the home of Snooker – the Crucible and Lyceum theatres. We invite the whole of Sheffield to come together, with special guests, to share hope through live music, stories, short speeches, and song.

Public support and participation will be welcome.

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