Hats off to Jean and her char­ity work

Bray People - - Colm Lambert -

EN­NISKERRY milliner Jean Con­dron has de­signed a se­ries of snow­drop-in­spired hats in sup­port of Con­sole Snow­drop Day.

‘The ef­fects of sui­cide on a fam­ily are so dev­as­tat­ing,’ said Jean. ‘Un­for­tu­nately I know some peo­ple who have been so af­fected. I chose Con­sole as I think it’s a very good char­ity.’

Con­sole is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple be­reaved by sui­cide. The four ‘Hats by Jean,’ de­signs are es­ti­mated to be worth around € 2,000 but ex­pected to fetch far more than that at auc­tion.

The Na­tional Snow­drop Cam­paign aimed at al­le­vi­at­ing the tragic ef­fects of sui­cide launches na­tion­wide to­day and mem­bers of the pub­lic are asked to buy a snow­drop pin ei­ther on the streets or in Dunnes or M&S for €3 un­til the end of April.

Con­sole’s Snow­drop Cam­paign is vi­tal to raise funds to pro­vide the very spe­cific type of sui­cide be­reave­ment coun­sel­ing ser­vices that are unique to this form of be­reave­ment.

‘The tur­moil that can re­sult from ma­jor fi­nan­cial dis­tress, loss of jobs, loss of homes and re­sult­ing re­la­tion­ship break-ups can leave peo­ple in a des­per­ate emo­tional state. Peo­ple who have lost some­one to sui­cide are at greater risk of tak­ing their own lives,’ said Con­sole’s founder Paul Kelly, who said that calls to the helpline have in­crease.

Con­sole cur­rently does not have the fund­ing to run its helpline on a 24-hour ba­sis and are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned that peo­ple can’t reach them when they may be in cri­sis.

‘We can’t keep miss­ing crit­i­cal calls,’ said Paul. ‘The helpline is not a lux­ury – it’s a ba­sic ne­ces­sity without which lives could be lost.’

Peo­ple be­reaved by sui­cide can con­tact Con­sole’s Helpline on 1800 201 890 or visit the Con­sole web­site on www.con­sole.ie. For peo­ple in cri­sis, the Sa­mar­i­tans have a 24hour helpline on (1850) 609 090.

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