Devastated family of Aberdeen teen who took own life raise funds for Men Matter after lad 'gave no warning' of state of mind
The family of Leon Williams, 19, hope the fundraiser could help someone 'before it's too late'.by Tara Fitzpatrick
Over £14,000 has been raised in honour of a tragic Scots teen who lost his life to suicide last week.
A fundraiser started by Leon Williams’ family has been launched in support of Men Matter Scotland, a charity aiming to promote positive mental health and support among men.
Tributes have poured in for Leon, 19, who tragically took his own life on September 10.
The teen from Kingswells in Aberdeen has been described as “truly loved” while family members encouraged others not to "bottle up your feelings".
The family say they hope the fundraiser can help even just one person to “open up before it’s too late”.
They said: “Our hearts are broken, we have absolutely no words to express how are we feeling. If this can help anyone to open up before it’s too late that would be amazing.
“Leon gave us no warning as to how he must have been feeling.
“He couldn’t have known how much he was loved by everyone who knew him. We miss you so much.
“Do you want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money in aid of MEN MATTER SCOTLAND and every donation will help.
“Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.”
The page has so far raised a total of £14,190 with over 2.9k shares on social media.
Leon’s brother Kurtis wrote in a poignant message: “Still in genuine shock and cant actually believe what I’ve heard.
“My brother Leon Williams has passed away due to suicide and it genuinely breaks my heart that I have to write something like this.
"Not just my brother but as a youngster he was my mentor, such a cheeky smile that I’ll miss each day.
"I just want to hear your voice one last time.
"It’s going to be such a hard time for the family and friends but please know this, if you are feeling low do not under any circumstance, bottle up your feelings, it just takes one message.
“Rest easy up there chum and I really hope I’ll see you soon. Love you so much."
Leon’s other brother Reece paid heartbreaking tribute to his little brother by sharing a childhood picture and the words: “Undoubtedly the saddest day of my entire life, hope you know how many people truly loved and cared about you. Until we meet again little bro."
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Friends came together for a football match in Leon’s memory at the weekend in Westhill, near Aberdeen.
Some wore shirts inscribed with 'RIP Leon' while players stood arm in arm for a moment’s silence.
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