Specsavers in Newry has chosen PIPS Newry and Mourne as its charity for this year and will be holding events throughout 2015 to raise funds for its important services. PIPS - the Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm - was formed in 2003 and Specsavers staff Sharon Fegan and Louise Malone recently visited its offices in Kilmorey Street in Newry.

A community-based initiative, it is committed to working in partnership to reduce the impact of suicide, but it also offers a wide range of community services.

Valuable community service

Sharon Fegan, retail director, Specsavers Buttercrane, said: 'We are really pleased to be fundraising for PIPs this year as they provide a valuable service to local people whose lives are affected by suicide and self-harm, as well as providing many other important community support services. 'We have already raised around £250 through a coffee morning, raffle and collection box and we’ll be getting involved in many more fundraising events throughout the year, both in store and in the community so we’d urge all our customers to support this organisation, which is working hard to improve the lives of people in Newry and Mourne.

More activities planned

John Breslin, fundraising co-ordinator of PIPS, said: 'As a charity we are totally reliant on community contributions and, as we move to larger premises in Mill Street to cater for the demand for our services, we are delighted to be appointed at Specsavers Buttercrane’s charity of the year.This support will allow us to further support the community and continue to grow our activities. Specsavers Buttercrane's fundraising activities for PIPs will include an in-store spinathon and taking part in the Newry City Half Marathon in May.

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