Our Charity of the Year Partner 2020/21

We are pleased to announce that our Charity of the Year 2020/21 is PAPYRUS.

PAPYRUS is the leading national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Founded in 1997 by a group of parents who had all tragically lost a child to suicide, PAPYRUS exists to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide. They support and equip young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond appropriately to suicidal behaviour.

PAPYRUS provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as anyone worried about a young person through their helpline – HOPELINEUK and engages with communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects, delivering training and awareness-raising programmes to individuals and community groups. They also aim to shatter the stigma that remains around suicide and shape national social policy making significant contributions to local and regional implementation of suicide prevention strategies.

PAPYRUS receives no central government funding and relies on donations to help them continue this valuable work.

A donation of just £5 pays to service one call, text or email to HOPELINEUK, which can help a young person stay safe from suicide.  Just one call really could save a life.

How you can help

If you’re a student or staff member and are interested in fundraising you can contact marketing@colchester.ac.uk for the necessary resources.

If you’re not a student/staff member but would like to support, please visit https://www.papyrus-uk.org/fundraising/

We hope that with our combined help, and the help of other local fundraisers, we will be able to support the charity and the vital work they do.