The Paul Stafford Foundation raises €70,000 for 1LIFE

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The 3rd Annual Paul Stafford Foundation handing over a cheque for €70,000 to 1LIFE, Irelands first dedicated 24hr Suicide Helpline

Pictured at the presentation of €70,000 by The Paul Stafford Foundation to 1Life was Graham Stafford (The Paul Stafford Foundation), Noel Smyth (3T’s), Paul Kelly (1life), Craig Doyle and Laura Woods.

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The Paul Stafford Foundation was established in 2007 to raise awareness and address the serious issue of suicide in Ireland. It was founded by a group of people who were directly affected themselves by suicide and had lost someone they loved to this ever increasing problem. A young man called Paul Stafford is the inspiration for the foundation because in 1997 he took his own life, aged 26 and like so many suicide victims, left behind his distraught family and friends. 10 years later, those affected by this special man, felt a need to come together and do something to address the major issue of suicide in Irish society.

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The committee behind the Paul Stafford Foundation are committed to raising awareness and funds to make a real difference and fight this problem which has affected so many Irish families. To date three significant events have been held in order to raise money and tackle the issue of suicide. Over €200,000 has been raised, and has gone directly to help Suicide related charities, with proceeds from this year’s ball, going directly to 1LIFE – Irelands first dedicated 24hr suicide helpline.

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ABOUT 1LIFE- In figures

Number of Calls: Approx. 18,000 calls in the first 6 months of the operation of the helpline:

Average monthly: Approx 3000 but that figure is increasing every month

Centres: HQ: Dublin

Branches open: Galway & Celbridge

Branches due to open in coming months: Cork, Limerick & Wexford

Services: Freephone helpline number 1-800-24-7-100

Text Support Text “HELP” to 51444 (standard text rates apply)

By invitation: face to face counselling and cyber counselling

Volunteers: The helpline is staffed by a team of professional counselors supported by a team of highly trained and qualified volunteers.

We urgently require volunteers for all our centres.

For information on volunteering possibilities, see www.1life.ie