The Journey

In June 2023, the specially designed Baton of Hope will set off from Edinburgh on a journey through towns and cities across the UK, reaching Downing Street two weeks later.

We aim to impact the lives of thousands across the country with a simple message: Where there is HOPE, there is a real opportunity to save lives.

This is the promise that #BatonOfHopeUK founders, Mike McCarthy and Steve Phillip, made to their lost sons (Ross and Jordan), and to the thousands of sons and daughters who are lost each year. Carried by notable personalities, leaders, and people with their own inspiring stories of hope, the Baton of Hope will be marked by a packed events schedule giving local communities, organisations, and neighbouring towns a chance to get involved.


#BatonOfHopeUK will travel the length and breadth of the UK. It is intended to be as inclusive as possible with opportunities for people and organisations to get involved, whether they are based near the physical route of the Baton or participating ‘virtually’ via the available online and social media channels.

We are still working on the details, both the route and the schedule; so, if you feel like this is something you or your organisation should be involved in, then please get in touch. What is certain is that the UK has never seen a suicide awareness and prevention initiative like this. #BatonOfHopeUK will supercharge suicide prevention nationwide, fuelling vital conversations through live events and media coverage … with partnerships, pledges, and endorsements – all amplified through PR and social media.

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