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Mental health charity makes permanent tribute to Sarah

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

By Robert Dalling

A MENTAL health charity is planning to pay permanent tributes to a former member who died after plunging from Llanelli's multi-storey car park.

Links is to dedicate a film tackling the issue of mental health to Sarah Holmes, who had in the past visited their Queen Victoria Road base.

And a small garden Ms Holmes had planted beside Links's headquarters is to be renamed Sarah's Garden, with a tree planted in her honour.

Although the 41-year-old had not made an appearance at Links since September last year, the charity wants to help ensure her memory lives on.

Links co-ordinator Susie Hamill said: "All staff and members of Links are happy that this film is to be dedicated to Sarah — it is an idea that's come from them.

"The directors, trustees, staff and members at Links were saddened to hear of the news. Although she hadn't attended for quite a while, she will be missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with her family and those who loved her."

The organisation aims to support people with mental health problems and help build their confidence and self-esteem through different activities.

The film — entitled 1 in 4 — the statistic representing how many people will suffer some sort of mental ill-health in a lifetime — will be launched in the spring by Links patron, TV news broadcaster Huw Edwards.

The film aims to tackle the stigma attached to mental health issues. It was made by members and will act as a lasting tribute to Ms Holmes's memory.

It is believed she was a mum-of-one who was originally from Kent but was living in the Ammanford area.

The town was brought to a standstill on Monday last week when her body was discovered at the back of the Murray Street car park by market management, staff and two engineers from Cardiff Lift Company, who were refurbishing a lift well in the market.

Councillor John Jenkins called on the town to rally around Ms Holmes's family following the sad incident.

"I am sure everyone in Llanelli will be united in grief and I hope the family of the woman get the help and support they deserve at this difficult time," he added.

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