FRIENDS and family gathered in Oswestry to remember a young woman who took her own life last year.

The family and friends of Kirsty Roberts, who died in October 2018, aged 29, got together to raise money for PAPYRUS, a charity for the prevention of suicide in the young.

Guests at the event were entertained by bands and solo artists, all with the aim of raising awareness and funds in memory of Kirsty.

Kirsty's mum, Michelle Jones, decided to organise the event in the hope of raising £1,000 for the charity, which she believes is vital for families who have lost somebody young to suicide.

"There's been 11 suicides in just over a year in Oswestry and surrounding areas," said Michelle.

"You don't realise until it happens to you how many people are affected – family and friends.

"I would not like anybody to go through what we have.

"I'm hoping to raise £1,000 from this and to start a group in Oswestry for bereaved parents and other family members, and just anyone who has experienced loss from suicide.

"Fundraising for papyrus is vital."

Michelle added that her daughter was so well-known in the town and thanked all those who attended.

"She worked hard and she played hard at the weekend so it's nice to see everyone here," said Michelle.

"This is the first event I've organised but I'm going to do this every year now.

"The prizes I've had given to me are amazing. We've had 30-40 prizes donated, from tattoo vouchers to haircuts, and meals to gift cards.

"Thanks to everyone who has donated and helped with the this event."

Also in attendance at the fundraiser was Oswestry mayor Councillor John Price and mayoress Councillor Joyce Barrow who were happy to be able to support the event.

"It was a fitting tribute to a young lady who is very much missed," said Cllr Barrow.

"Kirsty's family and friends turned out in force to raise funds for this worthwhile mental health charity.

"Mayor Price said he was pleased to support this worthwhile charity and hopes to be able to support it in future."