In memory of George Harcourt (Pn 19)

05 April 2024

On Sunday 7th April 3 OWs, Bertie Morgan (Bl 19), Jack Reid (S 19) and Finn Sykes (Bd 19) will be running the Paris marathon in loving memory of George Harcourt (Pn 19) and to raise funds for Papyrus UK.

In January, George tragically took his own life. George was a friend and a brother to us, and truly the best we knew of both. There was never a dull moment with George around; he brought warmth, humour, and heartfelt energy to every situation he found himself in. George saw the hidden potential in everyone he encountered, whether old friends or new, and he genuinely brought out the best in people. He is so dearly missed and his passing has made our world much quieter, and considerably less gentle and amusing.

The struggles George faced are unfortunately shared by many. Mental health challenges are both complex and confusing; there are no simple solutions. That said, in raising both money and awareness, we hope that one day the path George decided to take can become less traveled. Thanks to the beautiful work done by charities across the globe, we can rest somewhat assured that there is hope for the future for those who may have also contemplated whether their lives are too much to bear.

Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide is a leading UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. Suicide remains the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK, both male and female. Papyrus exists to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives, by shattering the stigma surrounding suicide and equipping young people with the skills to respond to emotional distress.

To support Bertie, Jack, Finn and Papyrus UK and all the wonderful work they are doing please follow this link.

Our thoughts are with George’s family and friends at this sad time.