Beachy Head chaplains laid off in funding struggle

Beachy Head chaplains laid off in funding struggle

Beachy Head chaplains laid off in funding struggle

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A LIFE-saving charity working at a notorious suicide spot has been forced to make staff redundant.

But the charity, which comes to the rescue of one person every day on average, has said redundancies will not mean the charity closes or reduces its cover.

Chaplaincy team director Mark Pybus said that they had “regrettably” made the redundancies after failing to secure “sufficient long term monthly donations”.

Mr Pybus said that the Christian charity is now looking at new ways of operating, which would see an increased reliance on volunteers and less on the small number of full-time employees.

The charity is also looking to attract more monthly donors instead of relying on one-off donations.

A petition calling for the charity to be saved has already attracted more than 700 signatures while Wealden MP Charles Hendry has penned his concerns in a letter to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

In May The Argus reported The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team urgently needed £15,000 by the end of June and £50,000 over the next three months to continue.

Mr Pybus has now told supporters that the charity is not under threat of closure and had survived its financial emergency thanks to the success of its funding appeal.

The service, which launched more than a decade ago, needs £200,000 a year to operate.

Mr Pybus said he was saddened to have to lose the members of staff and said it would be a “real challenge” for the remaining staff and volunteers to maintain the cover.

He told The Argus: “Most of our donors are one-offs which isn’t very secure.

“Our problem is we need to increase the number of people who give as little as £5 or £10 a month to make sure we don’t go back to where we just came from.

“Everybody loves the work that we do but in all honesty we people to value us rather than love us.

“But that is a difficult thing to do, churches and other organisations will tell you the last place to touch people and make a change is often the pocket.”

To sign the petition visit tinyurl.com/jwqwmzt.

To volunteer as a cliff edge volunteer, to donote or fundraise, visit www.bhct.org.uk

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2:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Justmyview69 says...

£4000 a week? No doubt it's an amazing service but why such a cost?
£4000 a week? No doubt it's an amazing service but why such a cost? Justmyview69
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

Comes to the rescue of one person a day on average? Pull the other one.

I'm not saying that they don't fulfil a useful role, and undoubtedly reduce suicides and falls, but not to that degree.

I really can't abide people wildly exaggerating the facts and scaremongering to get money- I hope for their sakes that their God is more tolerant than I am on this point.
Comes to the rescue of one person a day on average? Pull the other one. I'm not saying that they don't fulfil a useful role, and undoubtedly reduce suicides and falls, but not to that degree. I really can't abide people wildly exaggerating the facts and scaremongering to get money- I hope for their sakes that their God is more tolerant than I am on this point. Goldenwight
  • Score: -5

5:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Why don't they simply charge for admission?
Why don't they simply charge for admission? stevo!!
  • Score: -6

5:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

David523 says...

Typically vile comments from the usual Right wing hating trolls. I really pity people like you. These hard workers in the story are taking on such a responsibility and weight. The lives of others are in their hands. Imagine having to cope with that responsibility and stress daily. NOW GO AHEAD and make jokes and spin lies pretending those same people don't deserve more funding to save the lives of those that are struggling to cope.
Typically vile comments from the usual Right wing hating trolls. I really pity people like you. These hard workers in the story are taking on such a responsibility and weight. The lives of others are in their hands. Imagine having to cope with that responsibility and stress daily. NOW GO AHEAD and make jokes and spin lies pretending those same people don't deserve more funding to save the lives of those that are struggling to cope. David523
  • Score: 6

5:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

John Steed says...

£50,000 grand need for the next three months, whilst you cannot put a price on a persons life, thats a lot, but nothing compared to the cost of coastguards, fire and rescue, police and air ambulances etc, no price can be put on family grief and loss. I was asleep in my car in a car park on the top one evening, mainly due to a flat battery, they pulled up, politely woke me up and asked if i was Ok one quick push start later I was on my way back home. this service is invaluble and should be properly funded.
£50,000 grand need for the next three months, whilst you cannot put a price on a persons life, thats a lot, but nothing compared to the cost of coastguards, fire and rescue, police and air ambulances etc, no price can be put on family grief and loss. I was asleep in my car in a car park on the top one evening, mainly due to a flat battery, they pulled up, politely woke me up and asked if i was Ok one quick push start later I was on my way back home. this service is invaluble and should be properly funded. John Steed
  • Score: 7

6:27pm Thu 3 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

David523 wrote:
Typically vile comments from the usual Right wing hating trolls. I really pity people like you. These hard workers in the story are taking on such a responsibility and weight. The lives of others are in their hands. Imagine having to cope with that responsibility and stress daily. NOW GO AHEAD and make jokes and spin lies pretending those same people don't deserve more funding to save the lives of those that are struggling to cope.
What a pathetic rant!

No-one is making anyone work there, so they are choosing to take that responsibility. It clearly isn't a 'weight' for them - in fact, I suspect that they get much enjoyment from their efforts.

They know the pay and conditions because they are working for a charity. If you think they aren't being paid enough, fund them yourself.
[quote][p][bold]David523[/bold] wrote: Typically vile comments from the usual Right wing hating trolls. I really pity people like you. These hard workers in the story are taking on such a responsibility and weight. The lives of others are in their hands. Imagine having to cope with that responsibility and stress daily. NOW GO AHEAD and make jokes and spin lies pretending those same people don't deserve more funding to save the lives of those that are struggling to cope.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic rant! No-one is making anyone work there, so they are choosing to take that responsibility. It clearly isn't a 'weight' for them - in fact, I suspect that they get much enjoyment from their efforts. They know the pay and conditions because they are working for a charity. If you think they aren't being paid enough, fund them yourself. stevo!!
  • Score: -8

8:59pm Fri 4 Jul 14

just-a-person says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Comes to the rescue of one person a day on average? Pull the other one.

I'm not saying that they don't fulfil a useful role, and undoubtedly reduce suicides and falls, but not to that degree.

I really can't abide people wildly exaggerating the facts and scaremongering to get money- I hope for their sakes that their God is more tolerant than I am on this point.
Sadly it is to that degree, go to the website and check out the statistics for yourself. I hope you never have a family member, friend, loved one or even yourself in such despair you get to find out first hand just how important it is to have a visible patrol up there.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Comes to the rescue of one person a day on average? Pull the other one. I'm not saying that they don't fulfil a useful role, and undoubtedly reduce suicides and falls, but not to that degree. I really can't abide people wildly exaggerating the facts and scaremongering to get money- I hope for their sakes that their God is more tolerant than I am on this point.[/p][/quote]Sadly it is to that degree, go to the website and check out the statistics for yourself. I hope you never have a family member, friend, loved one or even yourself in such despair you get to find out first hand just how important it is to have a visible patrol up there. just-a-person
  • Score: 2

12:20am Sat 5 Jul 14

KarenT says...

I thought that the chaplains WERE all volunteers! Charity work just doesn't pay - most people who work for charity work on a volunteer basis, because they are moved to do so. All charities are struggling right now - if there are people out there that are concerned about this then they should volunteer. Doesn't have to be full-time - if they had enough people then everyone could do a few hours here and there.
I thought that the chaplains WERE all volunteers! Charity work just doesn't pay - most people who work for charity work on a volunteer basis, because they are moved to do so. All charities are struggling right now - if there are people out there that are concerned about this then they should volunteer. Doesn't have to be full-time - if they had enough people then everyone could do a few hours here and there. KarenT
  • Score: -1

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