A FUNDRAISING page set up in memory of an Irvine man who passed away last month has raised over £10,000 to help people suffering from depression and other mental health issues.

Jack Dore was an International Tourism Management student at Edinburgh Napier University who was due to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Spring.

Born and raised in Irvine, he spent time in the capital for his studies before moving to Glasgow in June 2020 after the pandemic hit.

After facing a series of difficulties in recent months, such as losing his part-time job due to cutbacks, the ex-Ayrshire College student suffered a breakdown and moved back home to be with his parents and brother, receiving support from charities such as Breathing Space.

Sadly, two months later, Jack took his own life. He passed away on December 17, aged 25.

Following the tragedy, Jack’s family have set up the justgiving page in the hopes of raising £25,000 to work with mental health charities to ensure that those in dire need of care receive the support they need.

Jack’s father, William, told the Times: “Through the NHS, Jack received some assistance from Breathing Space and Penumbra. Unfortunately these organisations are under staffed and under-funded. He was also receiving therapy privately.

“The response to the request for donations has been incredible, we have now reached £10,000 in less than a week. But so much more needs to be done, there are people out there suffering like Jack was, who need better and more urgent care.

“At this stage there are no particular charities we have decided to work with. We have some ideas, but nothing we can divulge at this time.”

The Dore family say the fundraising page has provided some comfort after being inundated with messages from those expressing their heartfelt condolences.

However they say nothing can quantify the level of pain they feel after losing their son.

William continued: “Since Jack passed away we have been overwhelmed by love and support from family and friends, and the literally thousands of people who have been in touch offering condolences and wanting to help via social media.

“It has provided an element of comfort, but the shock of losing our son has been enormous, and every day is a struggle.

“Jack Dore was a handsome, funny, caring young man who had a very bright future. He loved travelling and had plans to live and work abroad once he completed his degree.

“We miss him terribly.”

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