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Stroud District Council staff boost suicide support charity funds with rounders match

Published: Friday, 28 September, 2018

Sporting Stroud District Council staff raised an impressive £1,642 for local charity Sunflowers Suicide Support at a rounders match and barbecue this week.

Teams from the Museum in the Park, IT, Tenant Services and Legal Services – whose team was imaginatively named Court Out - competed for the charity shield.

By the final whistle the Tenant Services’ team Hair Bare Bunch won by just half a rounder.

Dozens of local businesses donated raffle prizes and barbecue supplies, with others making cash donations to be passed directly to the charity. Several members of staff took a `volunteering day’ to set the event up, which pays employees while they work for a charitable cause.

The council’s Head of Contract Services Joe Gordon flipped the burgers while local singer Jessica Grace entertained the crowd.

Randwick-based Sunflowers Suicide Support is Stroud District Council’s first charity of the year, and will be the recipient of its fundraising efforts over 12 months.

Tara Skidmore, chair of Stroud District Council’s charity group said:

“When we first chose to support Sunflowers Suicide Support we hoped to raise at least £1,000 for it. Events like the rounders match have proved so successful however that we should triple that amount.”

Sunflowers Suicide Support was set up by the family of Pete Morris, after he took his own life in 2016 at the age of 29. Pete’s family found that there was a lack of specialist support in Gloucestershire, so founded the charity with the aims of suicide prevention and postvention - support that helps those bereaved by suicide.

To find out more about Sunflowers Suicide Support visit the website sunflowerssuicidesupport.org.uk

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