A charity which has helped save thousands of lives at Beachy Head is desperately in need of funds so it can continue to support the suicidal.
The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team (BHCT), which is largely made up of volunteers, has been in force for 10 years but is urgently appealing for funds to continue its good work.
The charity had to raise money for its recent move from its base in Wish Hill in Willingdon to Trinity Place in Eastbourne town centre after the landlord sold the property it was renting.
Mark Pybus, director of BHCT, said, “Our accountant has stated that unless we see significant core funding coming in very soon we will have to consider winding down.”
The group has been told matters ‘can not be left until beyond the end of June’ and that ‘some large grants in short term were needed to give time to get funding strategy in place’.
BHCT has helped save thousands of people from committing suicide at Beachy Head and last year alone was involved in 865 searches which resulted in the rescue of 364 people and Mr Pybus said figures show that the need for the charity’s support is increasing.
The charity has employed a professional fundraiser to find new ways to support it and help with the cause but is still in need of core funds to keep going.
Mr Pybus, who took over as director of BHCT last year, added, “As you can see from the comments from our accountant this is not a ‘cry wolf’ situation, we are in very real danger, which is a real shame as many, many people tell us that the work of our team is highly respected and valued.”
The team consists of a proactive frontline team and an on call response team as well as administration and prayer teams and works closely with Sussex Police and HM Coastguard in saving lives at the cliffs. It began on August 8, 2004 and within 40 minutes of setting up operation the team had its first rescue from Beachy Head.
If anyone would like to support the charity please get in touch on 301200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more visit the website: www.bhct.org.uk, where it explains how you can donate via text.