From left, Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen. Picture: PAPYRUS

Actress Nicole Kidman has donated £10,000 to three dads who are due to complete their charity walk tomorrow (Saturday) in memory of the daughters they lost to suicide.

The actress said she was “profoundly moved” by the fathers’ 300-mile trek. Her donation follows a few days after James Bond actor Daniel Craig donated £10,000 and Manchester United FC legend Lou Macari also donated £10,000 – helping the dads raise more than £460,000 for the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS.

Shouldham dad Tim Owen, Mike Palmer, of Manchester and Andy Airey, of Cumbria, set off on the walk on October 9 and are due finish at Shouldham with a welcome at the King’s Arms where Mr Owen’s 19-year-old daughter Emily had worked.

Emily died last March. Mr Airey’s 29-year-old daughter Sophie took her own life in 2018 and Mr Palmer’s daughter Beth died in 2020 aged 17.

In making the donation, Ms Kidman told the charity: “I saw Mike, Andy and Tim’s story on BBC Breakfast News and was profoundly moved by their extraordinary undertaking – what they were walking for, and why.

“Covering 300 miles across the country for PAPYRUS in memory of their daughters – raising money for this vital charity, so that other families would not experience the loss and devastation of losing a child to suicide.

“Three completely brilliant dads, doing a completely brilliant thing, to benefit so many. Ahead of them finishing their epic trek on Saturday, and inspired by Daniel Craig who backed them at the outset of their journey, I am matching his £10,000 to support their excellent fundraising efforts.

“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months and the impact of the pandemic, especially on the young, their work is particularly important right now.

“I would like to dedicate my donation to the memory of Beth, Sophie and Emily.”

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice  contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.