Every Christmas the shopkeepers in our village help create a festive atmosphere by decorating their shop windows and organising Christmas themed events. Any takings are donated to charity. This year Horse Riding for the Disabled and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide were the chosen beneficiaries.
Nina Clarke from Manor Close writes - 2017 at Bishopsmead Parade was no different. During dark November days Bishopsmead Shopkeepers got busy by designing flyers and getting everyone involved; Mrs Frackiewicz knitted Christmas mice; the Knit and Natter group created Christmas decorations; children at the Raleigh made decorations; the Duke of Wellington donated food and drinks. Many other individuals made their contributions, small and large. Eventually a very jolly Christmas party was held at Bishopsmead Parade on December 1st with the actors from Nomads and singers from Glenesk Choir creating a lovely Christmas atmosphere.
Now that all the takings have been totted up I am very happy and proud to be able to tell you that the Bishopsmead Shopkeepers raised an amazing £1150 for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide! Other collections made by the Station Parade shopkeepers raised a further £380.12 Making a grand total of £1530.12. This is a huge amount of money and helped pay for 306 calls, texts and emails to HOPELineUK.
This cause is very close to my heart because our son Daniel took his own life in April 2016. I now work and campaign to prevent such a tragedy happening to other young people.
On behalf of PAPYRUS Prevention of young suicide I want to say a big THANK YOU to my lovely and amazingly generous village!