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Thought I'd give this a mention after the tragic story in the Telegraph today.

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/blackburn/10114335._Lonely_death__of_ex_Rovers_star_Chris_Thompson/

I know we have a former players association.

Does anyone close to the club have any details as to how they go around helping anyone in a similar situation.

It may be that they did try to help Chris but to no avail.

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Absolutely tragic set of circumstances surrounding Chris' passing. I suffer from Depression too and cannot begin to imagine what Chris was going through in the months leading up to his untimely passing. I'm not old enough to remember him play for Rovers but my heart and thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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Reading the Lancashire Telegraph again about Chris Thompson and his battle with Depression up until his death. Whilst I'm not old enough to remember him play, we share something in common and that is we both suffer(ed) from Depression.

I have always wanted to go to Peru and trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and always been interested in Latin America. However as my personal circumstances have fluctuated in recent years, this dream has appeared to be falling further from my grasp.

However in recent weeks, my dream has come back and I have researched how I could do it for a Mental Health charity and came across the following website:

www.discoveradventure.com

I have two options on how I could do it. These are:

Fundraising Option

Registration Fee: £449.00

PLUS Fundraising Target: £3625.00 (minimum)

Self Payment Option

Registration Fee: £449.00

PLUS Trip Cost: £1500.00

On the fundraising option, around 60% of the total funds raised would go towards the charity in question, however on the self payment option, whilst cheaper, I would still be fundraising but 100% of the funds raised go to the charity.

I have emailed the club and Rovers Trust to ask for a little help in promoting this.

Would anyone be interested in undertaking this challenge? Or simply donate funds to worthy cause. I am still making initial enquiries and gauging interest amongst the club, the trust and the fans?

James

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Beautiful article by Jim Wilkinson, poignant and well written.

How do players cope when they cannot play anymore, the adulation stops and no one wants to know them ? Chris Thompson was a fine player for Rovers and he always be remembered by those who watched him play.

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Reading the Lancashire Telegraph again about Chris Thompson and his battle with Depression up until his death. Whilst I'm not old enough to remember him play, we share something in common and that is we both suffer(ed) from Depression.

I have always wanted to go to Peru and trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and always been interested in Latin America. However as my personal circumstances have fluctuated in recent years, this dream has appeared to be falling further from my grasp.

However in recent weeks, my dream has come back and I have researched how I could do it for a Mental Health charity and came across the following website:

www.discoveradventure.com

I have two options on how I could do it. These are:

Fundraising Option

Registration Fee: £449.00

PLUS Fundraising Target: £3625.00 (minimum)

Self Payment Option

Registration Fee: £449.00

PLUS Trip Cost: £1500.00

On the fundraising option, around 60% of the total funds raised would go towards the charity in question, however on the self payment option, whilst cheaper, I would still be fundraising but 100% of the funds raised go to the charity.

I have emailed the club and Rovers Trust to ask for a little help in promoting this.

Would anyone be interested in undertaking this challenge? Or simply donate funds to worthy cause. I am still making initial enquiries and gauging interest amongst the club, the trust and the fans?

James

So so sad about Chris, mental health touches so many families yet has such a negative stigma.

On the post from Jimmy I would be very keen. I did Kilimanjaro for Big Issue and raised a profit of £3,500. I have subsequently done Toubkal and Jebel Mgan the highest and second highest in North Africa.

I may be a bit of an old fart who gets his months wrong occasionally but I have always wanted to do the Inca Trail (high Inca trail - see Exodus Travel) and would be up for this.

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<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="preston blue" data-cid="1350511" data-time="1355940151"><p>

So so sad about Chris, mental health touches so many families yet has such a negative stigma.<br />

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On the post from Jimmy I would be very keen. I did Kilimanjaro for Big Issue and raised a profit of £3,500. I have subsequently done Toubkal and Jebel Mgan the highest and second highest in North Africa.<br />

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I may be a bit of an old fart who gets his months wrong occasionally but I have always wanted to do the Inca Trail (high Inca trail - see Exodus Travel) and would be up for this.</p></blockquote>

Hi PrestonBlue.

Could you PM me an email address. I need another (at least) 5 people to do this as a group thing. Once I have 10 or more (including myself) fully confirmed we can get together and work out finer details. I already 2 Rovers fans and 2 colleagues good to go.

Thank you for getting back to me.

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That is a great piece, very emotive here's the direct link to it http://www.sportnw.co.uk/the-lonely-hero-we-all-forgot/

What an excellent article, sensitively written.

I, too, have had bouts of depression and have worked with people who suffer mental health problems and, while too old & infirm to contemplate an expedition like St. Jimmy's, would be interested in knowing if it's a go-er when all the possibilities have been investigated.

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What an excellent article, sensitively written.

I, too, have had bouts of depression and have worked with people who suffer mental health problems and, while too old & infirm to contemplate an expedition like St. Jimmy's, would be interested in knowing if it's a go-er when all the possibilities have been investigated.

Hi m1st

Thank you for the reply; it certainly seems like it's all systems go with this. I have around 6 people interested in joining up. I have emailed a few other of Chris' old clubs in the vain hope that they will be able to help. Just have to raise the funds for the self fund option then will look at booking it as soon as I have the funds and I have 3 other interested parties.

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