Construction company donates huge check to Wishaw suicide prevention charity

A construction group has presented an outstanding check to a Wishaw-based suicide prevention charity.

As the festive season approaches, the South West hub has urged partners, suppliers and supporters to join them in providing much-needed and well-deserved support for Chris’s House and raised an incredible £8,510 in the process.

Chris’s House is Scotland’s first 24-hour non-medical crisis center offering integrated support. It was founded by Anne Rowan, a mum from Wishaw, in memory of her son, Chris, who took his own life in 2011 aged 36.

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Anne told Lanarkshire Live: “I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped with the South West Hub appeal. Without these funds we simply couldn’t afford to run our important service.”

To date, Chris’s House has been funded primarily by the generosity of families who have been touched by the work done by Chris’s House and who have raised funds or made donations to enable its continued existence.

South West hub CEO Michael Ross told us, “We are thrilled to have been the catalyst for much-needed funds for such a worthy cause and I would like to thank everyone who contributed for their generosity.

“Chris’s House is a vital local resource that provides people in or approaching a suicidal crisis a safe place to go for professional support to help them recover from their current, and often temporary, mental health condition.

“I was honored to meet and speak to Anne when we handed over the donation and I also benefited from seeing first hand the fantastic facilities that Anne and her team manage.

“We are very active in Lanarkshire, having delivered several million projects in the region and it was very important for us as a team to focus on producing for the local community.

“The rise in suicides in Scotland is a shocking reminder of the crucial importance of supporting mental health charities.

“After the long period of loneliness the pandemic has created for many, it is vital that people have a safe place to go to ensure their mental health.”

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