A FUNDRAISER will be held in Alva next month in memory of a Clacks man who tragically died earlier this year.

Brent's Voice will feature performances from four local DJs, as well as live dancing, a raffle and leg waxing – all in aid of the Action in Mind charity.

The event will also celebrate the memory of one of the town's former residents, Brent Fairley, who took his own life in June, at the age of 32.

Brent's niece, Ashley McEwan, 20, has organised the event, and hopes it will help to keep the memory of Brent alive, while shining light on a critical subject.

She told the Advertiser: "We lost my uncle last June from suicide.

"He used to love doing fundraisers when he was alive, and we just want to spread the word that it's okay to not be okay – because mental health is such a big thing these days.

"And we want to keep Brent's spirit alive."

Throughout his life, Ashley said Brent always tried his hardest to make sure other people were happy.

Unfortunately, he also struggled with his own feelings, but kept his problems to himself.

Ashley said: "He was always there to help people and make sure everyone was okay.

"We never thought he felt so low, but he hid it really well."

Through Brent's Voice, she hopes to challenge the stigma around talking about mental health.

And so far, the event seems to be doing exactly that.

She said: "We've been advertising it for about three weeks, and the response has been really-really good.

"There's been a few people who've said they've tried to commit suicide, and events like this actually help them speak."

When asked what her uncle would think if he knew she had set up an event in his memory, Ashley said: "He'd love it."

Brent's Voice will be held in the Cochrane Hall on Saturday, October 12, from 7pm until 1am.

Tickets are priced at £10, and can be purchased from the venue.