PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new grant of £112,311 by BBC Children in Need through its first grant allocation of the year.

PAPYRUS, has been awarded £112,311, over three years, to fund HOPELINE247, the charity’s professionally staffed confidential telephone, text and email support line which supports young people at risk of suicide. HOPELINE247 can be accessed by young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, but also by parents and caregivers, indeed anyone at all who may be worried about a young person. HOPELINE247 helps to give young people and parents/caregivers a safe place to talk openly, improves emotional resilience, and encourages the young people to build help-seeking skills to help keep them safer from suicide.

The new funding means that the charity has been awarded more than £429,000 by BBC Children in Need.

Speaking of the new grant, Elizabeth Myers, Regional Head of the North at BBC Children in Need said: “We are delighted to fund the work of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide and look forward to seeing the difference that these grants will make to children and young people. We are incredibly grateful for the public’s generosity as without them this funding simply wouldn’t be possible.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: ‘As always, thanks must go to our generous supporters and fundraisers – we are only able to make these much needed awards because of them.  Each project will go on to make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK who really do need our help, so thank you for making these grants possible.’

Hazel Russell, Head of Fundraising at PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide said: “We’re so pleased that BBC Children in Need has awarded us with this grant that will enable us to continue our vital HOPELINE247 service for a further three years.”


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