Specsavers in Buttercrane Shopping Centre held a spinathon in store on Wednesday 19 August in aid of PIPS Newry and Mourne, the store’s charity for this year, raising £320.

PIPS – the Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm – is a community-based initiative, committed to working in partnership to reduce the impact of suicide.

Community Services

It also offers a wide range of community services including befriending and support, free professional counselling, emotional health training and education workshops and a walk-in crisis centre as well as yoga, pilates and complementary therapies.

Latest event for PIPs

Alison Dunne, Director of Specsavers Newry, said: 'The spinathon was the latest event we’ve held in aid of PIPS this year and it was well supported by our staff, with almost 30 members taking part, as well as our customers.

'It’s wonderful to know that every penny raised will go towards providing vital community based services to help those whose lives have been touched by suicide.'

Seven staff from Specsavers Newry and their families also took part in the 2015 PIPS Newry 5k walk held on Sunday 6 September.

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