Limerick prospect patrols city bridges with suicide charity

Limerick prospect Lee Reeves is proving more than just an ambassador for the Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention charity.

The 25-year-old stylist has taken a hands on role and has joined night-time patrols of the River Shannon during lockdown.

The charity patrol the three main bridges in Limerick city on a nightly basis and provide support to those that need it, particularly those considering suicide.

Reeves has joined the group on patrols since the lockdown curtailed his training regime. The Limerick boxer has been out twice a week and has been involved in no fewer than 10 patrols.

“Whenever I saw them, I felt a warmth when I saw them. I have so much admiration for them,” Lee told LeaderSport.

“Since the lockdown, I’ve been getting out with them at least twice a week. With the clubs being closed, I was getting restless. I just thought: who am I to be an ambassador for a place if I am not out on the streets as well,” said the boxer, who has five professional wins to his name.

“No matter what I do, no matter what my sport is. It doesn’t mater. This is just a brilliant cause. I’m delighted to come out and give them a hand.”

Reeves’ own mother passed by suicide five years ago, as a result he knows it’s effects and has massive respect for what the charity does.

“Remembering the way I was feeling after that, it just made me more amazed at what they are doing. The hope they give people is just unbelievable,” he added.

“I understand how much suicide can affect people and I understand how much people can lose from it. Just to be out there to say hi to people, it’s a big thing.”

The patrols have also given the prospect more respect for the charity he is an ambassador for and the people involved.

“These people aren’t just going for walks They care. They are out on their own. It’s just so admirable.”

Jonny Stapleton

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