Sheffield postman launches charity challenge in memory of much-loved colleague who took his own life

A Sheffield postman whose colleague sadly took his own life is launching a fancy dress charity challenge in his memory.

By Robert Cumber
Monday, 9th May 2022, 5:38 pm

Andrew Kenny, who lived and delivered mail in Woodseats, died in January this year, leaving fellow workers devastated.

Jon Scofield, who also does his rounds in Woodseats, is raising money for the charity Sheffield Mind to help others batting mental health problems.

He will be dressing as a different character while delivering mail each day, including Superman, Spiderman, Harry Potter and Super Mario, between Monday, May 9 and Friday, May 13, in an attempt to raise £250 for the charity.

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Sheffield postman Jon Scofield in his Superman outfit, which is one of five fancy dress costumes he will be donning during his deliveries this week to raise money for Sheffield Mind in memory of his former colleague Andrew Kenny

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Jon said: “Andrew was a great man who was liked by everyone who knew him, and his death has had such an impact on us at Woodseats Delivery Office.

“He was obviously suffering with his mental health but he seemed to be suffering in silence and none of us knew about it until it was too late. It was such a tragedy.

"He was in his 50s and had been a postman for, I think, coming up to 30 years.

Sheffield postman Jon Scofield told how he and his collegues were devastated by the death of their former workmate Andrew Kenny. He is raising money in Andrew's memory for Sheffield Mind, to help other people battling mental health problems

"I’m raising money for Sheffield Mind in Andrew’s honour because I want to help people suffering with their mental health.

“Whatever I can raise will hopefully help the charity give people a way forward, help them to understand their options, to get support and to know that they're not alone.

"It will also help Sheffield Mind to continue campaigning for better services and support so people experiencing a mental health problem get the help they need, when they need it.”

Jon, who is 35 and has four children, told how he is most worried about fitting into the Spiderman costume, having lost half a stone to ensure he can get his 6ft3in frame into the unforgiving outfit.

He revealed he had suffered himself with mental health problems, and urged people to be kind and look out for others.

“Always be good to people because you don’t know what they’re going through in their personal life,” he said.

"It doesn’t cost a thing to be nice.”

If you need to talk, you can call Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 or visit: samaritans.org.

For more information about the support available for people battling mental health problems, visit: mind.org.uk.