Christmas is a time for giving and sharing and the business world is no different, with untold amounts of money being spent on corporate gifts across the world. Last Christmas, the team at Support UK decided that instead of sending cards and gifts to our customers, we would like to donate the money to three worthy charities.
Unless you have an affiliation to a certain worthwhile cause, choosing a charity to support can sometimes be quite tricky. Support UK’s Business Alliance Manager, Julia Bunting, chose Papyrus UK as her charity of choice. Papyrus UK is a young person’s suicide prevention charity.
On 13th February 2019 Julia and Martin, Support UK’s Managing Director, had the pleasure of travelling to the Papyrus UK London office to meet with the Head of Fundraising, Hazel Russell, to find out more about the charity, their hopes for the future and to present them with their donation cheque.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 and Papyrus runs “Hopeline”, a dedicated telephone number to help anyone who is thinking of suicide, for people who have concerns over someone’s wellbeing or for people who have lost someone close to them through suicide. Papyrus also works with a number of local authorities to provide education to youngsters in schools, colleges and universities and trains healthcare professionals and school staff to help them identify signs that someone isn’t coping.
When asked about the visit, Julia said “Although it is incredibly sad that a charity of this nature has to exist, I am thoroughly delighted that I chose to support them. Nobody should every be in a situation where they feel so desperate to take their own life. From spending an hour with the Papyrus team, I had a much greater insight into the fabulous work they do. They run Hopeline at a cost of around £5 per call and this is sometimes all that is needed to keep a young person safe and feeling valued. Most of us don’t think twice about spending £5. They also provide invaluable support to people affected by suicide and deliver crucial training programmes to raise awareness. The team are fabulous and work incredibly hard to make a difference.”
Julia has decided to continue to support Papyrus UK by fundraising for them in the upcoming Virgin London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 28th April 2019. To read Julia’s story visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julia-bunting6 or to find out more about Papyrus UK, go to www.papyrus-uk.org.