Ahead of this year’s Red Nose Day, newsreader and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald visited Comic Relief funded project, Maytree Suicide Respite Centre in London.
Maytree is the only centre of its kind in the UK, offering a free four to five night stay for those who have been affected by suicide. With help from Comic Relief funding they are able to support lots of vulnerable people every year.
During his visit Sir Trevor met volunteer Ben who gave a real insight into the importance of Maytree’s work. Ben’s father took his own life when he was only 17 and nine years later, after a series of difficulties in his life including a relationship breakdown, Ben took the decision to end his own life. Thankfully, Ben was referred to the Maytree Suicide Respite Centre and they helped him rebuild his life by giving him the chance to rest, reflect, consider his options and develop his resilience. Now, by volunteering at the centre Ben is able to support other young people affected by suicide.
“It’s been a real privilege coming to the Maytree Suicide Respite Centre today to see the work they do to help people who have attempted suicide,” Sir Trevor said, “The service they provide is second to none and really does make a difference to people’s lives.”
By getting involved in Red Nose Day, you can help projects like Maytree Suicide Respite Centre and hundreds of others across the UK and Africa continue their fantastic work.