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SPIIOW – the Isle of Wight’s Suicide Prevention and Intervention organisation – has another new community partner who has vowed to support them in the work they undertake.

Colleagues at The Co-operative Food on Avenue Road in Sandown (petrol forecourt) have voted for SPIIOW to be their 2020 charity partner.

Sarah Adams of Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW says:

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“This is amazing news for us all here at SPIIOW, not only does it give our teams a massive boost, but we also know that it shows businesses and organisations across the Island are showing their support for us, and want to help people to open up and talk about suicide and how people are feeling, to reach out and get support and play their part on making the Island a suicide safer community.

“We are really grateful to all of the colleagues at The Co-operative Food and to the Store Manager Tony for taking the time to understand what we do and listening to what SPIIOW undertake to play our part in helping to keep the Island a suicide safer community”.

Tony Stokes, Store Manager at The Co-operative Food – Sandown, has said:

“Our store is part the local co-operative, Southern Co-op, which enables us to join together with a local cause each year which we support in a number of different ways – volunteering, fundraising and goods donations.

“Sadly too many of us are affected by suicide, including a number of our colleagues in store. Bringing mental health issues to the attention of others could help with the prevention and intervention of suicide. We really hope it can only have a positive effect on the community as well as trying to dismiss the stigma that is attached to this illness. This is something we all wanted to support.

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“So keep your eyes peeled in store over the coming months as there will be fundraising activities and small change collection pots at our tills.”

For more information about the organisation visit www.spiiow.org 


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