Complete 120k your way, this May.

PAPYRUS is pleased to reveal the launch of our second Facebook fundraising challenge in support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023. The challenge –  ‘120k-in-May’ – aims to raise awareness about the tragic reality that suicide is the biggest killer of those under 35 in the UK.

Next month’s challenge comes following the success from our first Facebook event, ‘4k-a-Day’, which saw our Facebook community raise over £7,000 across Children’s Metal Health Week in February. Inspired by this, PAPYRUS has launched a month-long challenge for May, inviting people to run, walk, cycle, swim, skip or row 120km over the month to raise life-changing donations for our helpline, HOPELINE247.

For reference, 120k equates to around 4km a day. Whether you choose to complete that by running 10 laps of an athletic track, swimming 30 lengths of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, or walking 4km during a leisurely Spring stroll, complete 120k your way.

The challenge is set to run from May 1 to May 31, and we have set an overall fundraising target of £20,000. After the target from the ‘4k-a-Day’ challenge was exceeded far beyond our expectation, we have decided to use this as an opportunity to set the bar high and see what we can do together as a community. We hope that the challenge will encourage people to talk openly about suicide prevention and raise awareness of the support that is available to young people who may be struggling.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK, and by taking part in the ‘120k-in-May’ challenge, you will be helping us to provide vital support to those who need it the most.

HOPELINE247 offers free and confidential support and advice to anyone under 35 who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, or those who are concerned about a young person who is. By taking part in the challenge, supporters will be helping to ensure that the suicide prevention helpline can continue to provide this vital service to young people across the UK.

We are encouraging participants to share their progress with friends, family and the fellow Facebook community to help spread the message of hope.

We believe that suicide is preventable, and that no young person should ever feel alone or without support. We look forward to welcoming you to #TeamPAPYRUS and working together to smash our fundraising target.

To sign up for the challenge, head to the Facebook page here:

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