Family in bid to find more links in chain gang for son
The family of a young dad who killed himself have launched an appeal to help others devastated by the suicide of a loved one.
Ian Savill was only 23 when he took his life in the days leading up to Christmas last year.
His family in Market Harborough now want to raise enough money to help others take a break if they are mourning the death of a family member with mental health issues.
They aim raise at least £15,000 to buy either a camper van or a static caravan at the seaside through their appeal, called Ian's Chain.
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Ian's dad, Alan Savill, said: "Ian was a loving young man who adored his fiancee, Jodie Rawlinson, and their daughter, Alyssia.
"To a lot of people Ian was the clown, but inside he hurt so badly. His psychiatrist was so upset when he passed away. No-one knew what was going on in his mind that day."
Mr Savill, 47, who owns a security company, added: "We, as a family, wanted to do something positive.
"We want to buy a static caravan and offer it to those suffering from mental illness or for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We have called the cause Ian's Chain because he made a paper chain decoration with his daughter before Christmas.
"He also loved a gold chain his grandmother gave him when he was young. Chains also represent people being linked together."
Mr Savill said one of Ian's last joys was a short holiday with his "two girls".
"It helped him forget about his struggles," he said. "It is a time which brought joy instead of pain."
The first fund-raising event was held over the weekend at a fishing lake near Grantham.
Some 20 talented anglers signed up for the carp fishing event which Mr Savill believes will raise at least £2,000.
Mr Savill, who is also a presenter with a community radio station, said a number of fund-raising heavy metal concerts were being arranged as Ian liked that type of music.
He said other events were being scheduled .
The Market Harborough branch of mental health charity Mind has agreed to recommend suitable clients to the scheme.
Debra Giulietti, manager of Harborough and district Mind, said: "We fully support Ian's Chain. We think it is a brilliant initiative.
"We look forward to working with Alan and referring clients."
The heavy metal fund-raiser takes place at The SoundHouse, in Southampton Street, Leicester, on Saturday, May 11, from 7.30pm.