Papyrus – prevention of young suicide
If you travel around South Molton in North Devon, you may notice the occasional car with a number plate inside the front windscreen bearing the word WREN. In case you don’t know the reason for this, Wren is the nickname of a young local man, Craig Rendle, who tragically took his own life a few years ago. I was the director who arranged Craig’s funeral. I knew Craig’s family as I had been involved in previous family funerals. As expected, it was a very difficult time for them.
Having been working in funerals for over thirty years and seeing many sad or even tragic deaths, suicides, especially of young people, affected me particularly acutely. After previously arranging the funeral of a young man who had taken his own life, I decided that I wanted to do something to play my part in helping to prevent these tragedies. I did some research and discovered an amazing charity called Papyrus- prevention of young suicide. Since then I have been promoting this charity in my locality as much as I could and plan to become more active as I involve others in working with me.
When Craig’s parents, Kevin and Carol were considering a charity to which donations in Craig’s memory could be donated, I suggested Papyrus and this was one of the charities they were particularly drawn to and one they chose.
When chatting to Carol a short while after Craig’s funeral had taken place, the subject of Papyrus came up and I shared with her my desire to volunteer for them locally, both in fundraising and promoting their services. I was particularly interested in going into local schools and colleges. Knowing that practically helping those who face similar difficulties to you can be cathartic to a person who has faced a tragic loss, I asked Carol if she would be interested in helping me some time in the future, when she felt ready. This appealed to her and we promised to stay in touch.
Earlier this year I was working on a promotional event which partly involved Papyrus and I thought of Carol. I resolved to give her a ring over the coming week to find out how she was and if she was still interested in participating in getting Papyrus known and active in our area. Two days later Carol called me.
Craig was a car fanatic, his passion being his Peugeot rally car. In tribute to Craig many of his car enthusiast friends display his nickname in their car windscreens. Last Friday evening, 26th April, they held a special ‘meet’ in South Molton Pannier Market in honour of Craig, arranged by his friend Jamie Easterbrook and attended by Craig’s Mum, Carol and Dad, Kevin as well as other members of his family. The event was arranged to commemorate his birthday, his life, and also to raise funds and highlight the work of the brilliant charity, Papyrus, prevention of young suicide, in Craig’s memory. I was honoured to be invited to talk to the young people attending about the work of Papyrus and be a point of donation collecting.
On the evening we collected £215.77. A fantastic start. This will go to Jamie’s Just Giving page, ‘For Wren’. A further £100.00 has been donated directly to Craig’s Just Giving page since then. Thank you Jamie and all those who came and kindly made a donation to Papyrus in Craig’s memory.