Baton of Hope and Thomas Lyte Unveil the Baton, and Explore the Elements of it’s Design.
#BatonOfHopeUK is designed to be the biggest suicide awareness and prevention initiative the UK has ever seen, opening up necessary conversations and prompting appropriate actions. Together we can reduce the stigma, and get better at asking questions, listening, and directing people to the right help. Together we can save lives. The baton, designed by Thomas Lyte will tour UK towns and cities for two weeks in the Summer of 2023, raising the profile of this issue like never before. #PASSITON
Thomas Lyte’s CEO, Kevin Baker was approached by a shared connection between himself and Mike McCarthy, one of the charity’s leaders, who explained the Baton of Hope’s mission. They explained the charity’s need for a symbol, a physical baton that can represent the movement’s core values and the community’s responsibility to support those who are struggling with their mental health and considering taking their own life.
The sheer number of preventable suicides in UK surprised us all at Thomas Lyte. Impassioned by this, Kevin met with Mike McCarthy and Steve Phillip to express Thomas Lyte’s wholehearted support from all employees across our silversmithing and goldsmithing company. Thomas Lyte will design, handcraft and donate a baton to support the Baton Of Hope’s mission.
We put together a team of in-house designers and master craftspeople to kick off the project. My colleagues and I are humbled to be involved in this campaign aspiring to a zero-suicide society. It won’t surprise you to hear that our involvement has led to more open and wide discussions on suicide and suicide prevention amongst our team. We hope that our baton will be a symbol of hope for many years to come.