Shawbrook Bank has announced its employee chosen charity partner for 2021/22 as PAPYRUS, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Following a staff vote, the specialist bank will raise vital funds for PAPYRUS throughout 2021-22. To launch the partnership, Shawbrook has donated £10k to the charity, which will be topped up throughout the year via employee fundraising.
Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of the charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, said:
"PAPYRUS is delighted to be partnering with Shawbrook Bank and welcomes the company’s valuable support. By working together we will raise greater awareness of the vital support which is available and engage with young people who are struggling with their self-esteem and self-worth.
“Money raised by Shawbrook Bank and its staff will help to pay for potentially life-saving calls, texts and emails to our confidential HOPELINEUK service, which offers support and advice to young people who are struggling and anyone who is worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide.
“Fundraising also helps PAPYRUS to engage with local communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and supports the training we deliver to individuals and groups.
“Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK and we must reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.”
“Together we must continue giving hope to young people who are struggling with life.”
Richard Armstrong, Group Head of Marketing at Shawbrook Bank, who heads up Shawbrook’s social impact activities, said:
“Our people have chosen to support PAPYRUS at a time when the charity’s advice, information and support is needed more than ever due to the devasting impact the pandemic has had on young people’s mental health.
“We’re looking forward to actively supporting PAPYRUS over the next 12 months, both by getting involved with an inspiring programme of PAPYRUS events as well coordinating our own calendar of fundraising activity.
“Shawbrook is extremely proud to support PAPYRUS in its lifesaving work.”