The television presenter Zoe Ball said it was “truly overwhelmed” by the response of a BBC documentary on his recent Sport Relief cycle challenge.
“Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the donation. Let’s keep sharing. So much love,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ball, 47 years old, was inspired to cycle from Blackpool to Brighton after his mate Billy Yates took his own life in 2017.
Broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday, Zoe Ball Road, the more difficult the Home, documenting his five-day, 355-mile journey.
Narrated by Peter Capaldi, the program can currently be seen on BBC iPlayer.
Ball had had a relationship with Yates, a cameraman of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, for several months when he was found dead last May.
He said his death had left her with “a lot of questions,” he hoped to start the charity challenge would help his response.
Bob Harris, the Ball of Radio 2 colleague, wrote on Twitter that the documentary had been shown to be vulnerable, exposed, inspired, and totally wonderful.”
His sentiments were echoed on social media by other celebrities, members of the public and representatives of mental health organizations.
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Ball efforts have so far raised more than £500,000 for Sport Relief, which raises funds for mental health projects across the UK, as well as other causes.
Advice and support
If you or someone you know feel emotionally, in difficulty, these organisations offer advice and support:
The samaritans – available 24 hours a day for all struggling to cope. A safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential
Papyrus and HOPELineUK – for young people, considering suicide, or if you’re worried about someone you know
CALM – the aim is to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers anonymous and confidential listening, information and signposting
Lifeline – support for people suffering from distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district
CALL emotional support and information about mental health and related matters to people in Wales
Breathing Space confidential phone and web service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety in Scotland
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – it helps to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a relative or a friend
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