CHARITY workers who support people feeling suicidal have received new uniforms.

The 26-strong Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team (BHCT) are often the first respondents to emergency calls from Beachy Head.

On Friday, they accepted police standard uniforms funded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Chief Constable Jo Shiner.

The volunteers patrol a five-mile search area, and their new cargo trousers will make sure they have the right protection for the job.

BHCT work alongside police officers and other emergency services. They are trained in crisis intervention and offer support.

Since 2004, they have responded to more than 11,500 incidents. They are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, saving lives.

Their service is valued highly by Sussex Police. Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “We work very closely with the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team and so can see first-hand the amazing work they do.

“The chaplains are there for people when they are at their lowest point. Their compassion and support have helped guide many people away from crisis and has saved many lives.

“We are incredibly grateful for the volunteers who give up their time, day and night and in all weather, to ensure there is always someone available to listen to and help those in need.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Each year, we see many hundreds of people come to Beachy Head in crisis, needing help. The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team is always on hand to reach out to these people, supporting them to see clarity in their situation and get the vital help they need at a time of greatest distress. In short, they save lives.”

“I have, and will continue to, support this truly amazing team and help them carry out their vital work in whatever way I can.”

Chief executive officer of BHCT Gerry Howitt, said: “We value and appreciate the support and generosity we have and continue to receive from our colleagues at Sussex Police. It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated and skilled team.”

The charity also promotes suicide prevention and works with partners including The Samaritans, who can be contacted on 116 123.