Harry Wentworth-Stanley reveals the pain of his brother's suicide and why he is ...

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A former public schoolboy has spoken of his plans to row across the Atlantic to raise money for a suicide crisis centre a decade after his brother took his own life.

Harry Wentworth-Stanley, 26, and three close friends will next week board a boat in the Canary Islands and set off for Antigua - some 3,000 miles away. 

They will undertake the journey in memory of Harry's elder brother James, who was just 21 when he killed himself during a family gathering in December 2006.

Harry - who has had an on-off relationship with Cressida Bonas - said his brother's suicide 'ripped through his family' and was 'completely heartbreaking'.

Passionate: Harry Wentworth-Stanley, 26, pictured, and three close friends will next week board a boat in the Canary Islands and set off for Antigua - some 3,000 miles away

Passionate: Harry Wentworth-Stanley, 26, pictured, and three close friends will next week board a boat in the Canary Islands and set off for Antigua - some 3,000 miles away

Cressida Bonas

James Wentworth-Stanley with his mother Clare

Missed: Harry - who has had an on-off relationship with Cressida Bonas (left) - said his brother's suicide 'ripped through his family'. Pictured right, James with mother Clare in 2004

He now hopes to raise £300,000 for the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund and pay for the first in a series of non-clinical crisis centres called James's Place.

Had such a resource existed in 2006, the family believe James’s life could have been saved. It could also help thousands of others fighting similar battles.

Of the more than 6,000 people who take their own lives in the UK each year, 22 per cent are men aged between 16 and 24. 

Harry said: 'Our first sunrise on the water will be 10 years since the day my brother took his life. I'm sure it will be the most emotional of anniversaries I've ever experienced. To be there with three of my best mates with be amazing.

'I will obviously be thinking of my mum and dad back home. The emotion of that day will be all the more difficult because I will be setting off on the challenge of a lifetime. But I'm sure he will be right behind us and a great source of motivation.'

The brothers and their younger sister Louisa split their time between their parents, venture capitalist Nick and former Tatler journalist Clare, after their divorce in 1996. 

Clare went on to marry George Mountbatten, Marquess of Milford Haven, a cousin of the Queen, and Nick married Dutch-born solicitor Millie Brenninkmeyer.

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