Sunderland residents react to emotional message left in sand on Roker beach for Time to Talk

A woman who left striking sand art on Roker beach for time Time to Talk has received praise from Sunderland residents.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:01 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:02 pm
Sunderland residents have praised the sand art left at Roker. Photo: Brian Priest

Thursday, February 6 was Time to Talk Day and a sand artist visited the coast to share a message.

The day took place in the hopes of encourage the public to talk about mental health.

The words in the sand said: “She was drowning, but nobody saw her struggle...”

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Sand art was left on Roker beach for Time to Talk Day. Photo: Brian Priest

Brian Priest of Sunderland managed to capture the sand art with his drone before it was swept away by the tide.

This is what you said in reaction to the emotional note.

Paige Hunter, a teenager from Plains Farm who is known in Sunderland for leaving messages of support and hope around the city, said: “Hit me hard! Powerful message.”

Vicky Sibson said: “Very powerful message.”

Margaret Garrett commented: “That is a beautiful thing you are doing. Mental health is not an illness you can see but if you can help one person it is worth it.”

Diane Aricioglu added: “Beautiful and a powerful message. Stay strong.”

Selene Holyoak agreed, saying: “So simple but powerful. Beautifully done.”

Irene Corner said: “Amazing and sad.”

Gaye Wilson commented: “Wonderful. Keep strong.”

Henry Stockport said: “Respect to the lady” and Hank Witherspoon added: “Well done the woman.”

Cherelle McDonough, June Todd and Nichola Austin Ratcliffe simply said: “Beautiful.”

Brian Robson commented: “Really does hit the spot.”

Lynn Mackey said: “Saw her down the beach on Tuesday afternoon as well.”

To find out more about the day visit