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More than £130k in funding awarded by The Rose Paterson Trust to help suicide prevention


The charities offer support and help to reduce the number of people taking their own lives. In 2020, 5,224 people took their own lives across the country.

Every four minutes someone in the UK tries to take their own life and every 90 minutes someone succeeds.

The Rose Paterson Trust helps support those contemplating and affected by suicide through fundraising and policy change.

The trust was set up by the former MP Owen Paterson following the death of his wife.

Rose took her life in woodland near her home in Ellesmere on June 24 2020.

The Rose Paterson Trust was founded the following year in April 2021.

It coincided with the Grand National at Aintree, the racecourse of which Rose served as chairman.

Rose’s husband Owen Paterson said: “When we set up the Trust, we said that if we could stop just one family from going through what we have been through, this will have been worth it.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported the Trust, in distributing these grants to these superb charities, I believe many families will be spared the pain we experienced.

Funding was awarded to: Creative Options Community Project, If U Care Share Foundation, Kintsugi Hope, Pillar Kincardine, R;pple suicide prevention, Shropshire Mental Health Support, and The Listening Place.

Mr Paterson added: “We have put these charities through a rigorous due-diligence process to fully understand the impact they are having on the people they serve.

“I have been incredibly impressed by the innovation and hard work of these charities.

“The work they do is vital in supporting people who feel life is no longer worth living.

“Through their work, these charities save lives. The Rose Paterson Trust is proud to support them.”

At tomorrow’s Grand National a new “Rose Paterson Community Sportswoman Award” will also be presented.

The annual award recognises a girl or woman from Merseyside who is making a difference to grassroots community sport, either through participation or support.

Samaritans (116 123) or email [email protected] operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year for those struggling.

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