This month, WLS had the honour of sponsoring two young students on a mission to raise money for Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people, both male and female, under the age of 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives, which equates to over four per day. Papyrus delivers awareness and prevention training, provides confidential support and intervention through HOPELineUk, campaigns and influences national policy and empowers young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.
Two such young people are Morgan and Charlie, who met on the first day of secondary school, at the age of 11, and have been friends ever since. Fast forward nine years and the pair are now attending the University of East Anglia (UEA) together and taking part in a charity event called Jailbreak, run by the university's student-run radio station, Livewire. The aim? To travel as far as possible from the UEA campus in 48 hours while spending as little as possible, to raise money for Papyrus. Here's how they got on.
Morgan and Charlie set off from the UEA campus in Norwich, Norfolk, at 12pm on the 16th March, wearing matching WLS polo shirts. For the first part of their journey, they were able to catch a ride with a fellow student, who was returning to Essex for Easter. From there, they made use of the sponsorship money provided by WLS to get themselves to Gatwick airport. They then had to kill 15 hours waiting for a flight, before eventually jetting off to Copenhagen, spending the evening of St. Patrick's Day in the Danish capital. They were in Denmark for about 30 hours, with enough time to visit a few landmarks, before heading home.
That's when their journey became a little dramatic, as flights home were delayed due to the adverse weather conditions in England. As a result, they had around 30 minutes to get through passport control and head to their transfer. If they had missed that, they would have had to spend another night at Gatwick. Amazingly, after a dash, they made it with five minutes to spare, and arrived back in Norwich at 5am on the morning of the 19th March.
With our help, Morgan and Charlie won the competition, having got the furthest away from campus. More importantly, they also hit their fundraising target.
"Overall, we had an amazing time travelling to Copenhagen," said Morgan, "raising just over £800 for Papyrus. We would like to thank WLS greatly, for making it all possible."
Although Morgan and Charlie have hit their target of £800, all of which will go to Papyrus, there is still time to donate to this excellent cause via the JustGiving page.
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