THE memories of two people who died having experienced mental health issues will be honoured by a group of friends.

The quartet is shining a light on the work of mental health charity Mind in memory of father-of-three Jamie Bull, from Walney, and Barrow grandmother Sandra Waddington.

Friend of the group Mr Bull died suddenly in March.

The walkers came up with the idea of a charity trek on the day of his funeral.

Now, the pals are gearing up to take on the 70-mile Cumbria Way.

Mr Bull worked last at NW Total Engineered Solutions before his death.

Walker Mark Waddington’s aunt Sandra Waddington took her own life in 2016. He was also a close friend of Mr Bull.

He said: “Jamie was a lovely person and would do anything for anyone.

“Mental health is really a big thing for people at the moment, it seems like a lot of people have struggled.

“So we wanted to do something that could raise money for Mind.

“He struggled with demons and worked a lot with them.”

Mr Waddington, who manages the EE phone shop in Barrow, has been training hard ahead of the walk, which starts at Carlisle and ends 70 miles later in Ulverston.

He said he expected an online fundraiser to ‘smash’ its target of £1,500.

Mr Waddington had known Mr Bull for 17 years and was the best man at his wedding.

He will be joined on the walk by Mike Lockley, Rob Mcclymont and barber Scott Lyon.

Mr Lyon said he came up with the idea while talking with friends on the day of Mr Bull’s funeral.

He said: “I had wanted to do a walk and had heard about the Cumbria Way.

“I also had the idea to do it for a charity and was thinking of Mind.

“At Jamie’s funeral we had heard a lot about how he had worked with Mind so decided on that day we would raise money for them.”

Sandra Waddington, who lived in Ewan Close in Barrow, died at her home in October 2016.

The grandmother had trained as a nurse in the RAF before marrying and having children.

She was a retired patient representative for mental health at Dane Garth.

Mr Bull lived at Biggar Garth at Walney.

He was described by neighbours as a ‘nice lad’ and was seen as very helpful by nearby residents on his street.