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30th June 2017
18 year old Casey O’Neill from Andover is jumping out of a plane on Thursday 6th July to help save young lives from suicide.
She hopes her jump will help to boost what has already been an amazing fundraising effort for national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. Through a recent family fun day organised with her friend Kerry Allen – also from Andover – Casey made £750. In total she has already raised over £1,700 for the charity and now hopes to reach her £2,000 target.
Casey explains why she chose to support PAPYRUS. “I lost someone very important in my life; someone who was everyone’s everything – everyone’s happiness. When someone you care about takes their own life it leaves so many unanswered questions. It is something I think about on a daily basis. The impact is huge. That is why I want more people to talk about suicide to bring it out in the open, so that young people struggling feel it is OK to get help.
“PAPYRUS works to prevent suicide and people like this deserve all the recognition and support in the world, because what they do on a daily basis is phenomenal. PAPYRUS supports young people through its HOPELineUK helpline, its training and community work. Even if I could help just one life from this jump it is something.”
“Casey is already an energetic supporter and advocate for our work, helping us, through her fundraising, to smash the stigma that prevents too many young people seeking help when everything seems hopeless,” said Ottilie Scanlon, PAPYRUS fundraising officer. “She and her friends are inspiring.”
You can support Casey at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caseyoneillpapyrusskydive
In the UK suicide is the main cause of death of young people – male and female – under 35 years. For confidential help and support contact PAPYRUS HOPELineUK tel 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209 697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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