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The UK’s biggest suicide prevention initiative


Cardiff Route – 1 july 2023

The Baton’s Cardiff journey will commence in Bute Park alongside the celebrated River Taff. It will take a circular route, broadly following the annual half-marathon course through iconic locations across the city; and it will be supported by politicians and councillors, the emergency services, port and maritime authorities, and professionals working in education, mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing. And, most importantly, many members of the South Wales public.

Cardiff Final

The Baton route and event locations are all subject to local authority approval, and change.

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As in other cities, The Baton’s day will likely start with a media moment just before 08:00.
08:05 – 08:45
1  Castle green, cardiff castle

The Baton Tour for Cardiff starts come along and cheer on the Baton bearers as they start the Route for the Day.

Join us for any of the stop points some amazing opportunities for a Day of Hope.

09:15 – 9:25
2  Cardiff city stadium

Sport and exercise have been proven to have a positive ompact on mental health.

Run, walk, cycle , scoot to the centre of football in Cardiff,  home of the City Bluebirds. Sporting communities have been hugely supportive of the Baton of Hope initiative; they will come togeher at the City Stadium to show their understanding and empathy, and commitment to menatl health support, for individuals accross the sproting community. 

Public support will be welcome.

11:15 – 11:25
cardiff bay barrage

The sea is a vital part of Cardiff life – a medium for numerous leisure activities as well as a wide range of employement roles, many of which come with particular pressures. The pause at the Barrage allows us to recognise  the RNLI, the port and the sea-faring communities – acknowledging those that have been lost, the teams at the forefront of rescue efforts, and also some that have been saved.

Public support will be welcome.

11:45 – 12:15
4  The senedd

Members of The Senedd, including key memebers of the Welsh Government and local councillors, will be present. Suicide prevention is already part of the National Mission for Wales, and a crucial element in the public policy agenda. There is, of course, much more that can be done, and this event gives politicians and legislators the opportuntiy to express their good intentions.

Public support will be welcome.

12:45 – 13:15
5  st david’s metropolitan Cathedral

At the Metrolpolitan Cathedral, leaders of major Faiths across Cardiff will stand and process together in a ‘Multi-Faith Mile’. By theor actions, they show that suicide affects all faiths, and impacts all communities. 

Come and join the multifaith community as the Baton bearers pause to sign a book of Remembrance and Hope.

The Cathedral will be open 10.00 until 17.00 (excluding services) for the public to wirte thrie own messages in the Book of Hope and Remem brance.

Public support will be welcome

14:00 – 14:50
Cardiff City Stadium

An amazing opportunity  to come into the stands at the city ground to see the Baton go onto the pitch with a short speech by Baton of Hope Founder just before kick off.

Public support will be welcome.

15:30 – 16:20
7  roath recreation ground

Alongside the medical professionals, charites and volunteers are another group that support ‘at risk’ communities. At Roath Recreation Ground, we will build a ‘Charity Village’ to allow these vital organisations the opportunity to show what they do, and to communicate the key Baton of Hope message that we all have a critical contribution to make in suicide prevention. There will be strong representation from South Wales’ charities with the opportunity to pause and reflect with an ice cream.

16:50 – 17:00
cardiff university

We pause at Cardiff University – As one of Wales’ premier higher education institutions, the university is totally committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of students.

18:00 – 21:00
finish  cardiff arms park

The Arms Park is one of the most famous old grounds in Welsh rugby, situated right in the heart of Cardiff. Once the National Stadium of Wales, it has been the scene of innumerable Welsh Rugby triumphs since the first international win in 1884. As our final venue in Cardiff, the tour comes to a climax.

Join us for an Evening of Celebratiion of Hope at the Iconic Cardiff Arms Park ; Free Entry Voluntary donation QRFestival event please try to book in advance all other events just walk in – everyone welcome.

The Ollie Foundation is running a special training programme alongside the Baton of Hope Tour. For details, please click here: Ollie Foundation Training