Suicide charity wins £10,000 to keep support going

Dean Smith from the "If U Care Share Foundation" with volunteers, Ben and Matthew Smith and Erica Macleod and supporters Michelle Melvin and Kevin Watson celebrating after being handed more than �400k in Lottery funding.
Dean Smith from the "If U Care Share Foundation" with volunteers, Ben and Matthew Smith and Erica Macleod and supporters Michelle Melvin and Kevin Watson celebrating after being handed more than �400k in Lottery funding.
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A FAMILY-RUN charity today received a £10,000 cash lump sum from the Big Lottery Fund.

If U Care Share, in Chester-le-Street, has been awarded the money to continue supporting people at risk of suicide, and bereaved families of those who have taken their own lives.

Last year, the charity – founded in memory of 19-year-old Daniel O’Hare, who took his own life in 2005 – was granted £411,000 by the Big Lottery Fund for this work.

Daniel’s mum Shirley Smith, who helped to start the charity with her two younger sons and niece, said the money has made a difference.

“Since receiving our £411,000 grant, we’ve been able to continue to provide support to people touched by suicide and young people at risk of suicide, and reach areas we haven’t been able to before.

“We now offer one-to-one support to people, and this new grant will enable us to set up a self-help group.

“Some people affected by the loss of a loved one will never be able to talk about the impact in their lives.

“But for those who are able to, for those who have reached the point in their journey where they feel able to join group scenarios, this group will help them to foster relationships and set up a support network outside of the work that we do.”

Community organisation Friends of Roker Park also received £6,038 from the Big Lottery Fund today.

It will use the money to deliver events including live music, nature activities and crafts to encourage youngsters and residents to go to the park during the summer holidays.