Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 13th to 19th October

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Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 6th to 12th October 2014

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Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 13th to 19th October

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 10 searches during the week ending 19th October 2014, resulting in the rescue of 7 persons who were despondent/ suicidal

We Were called to 7 searches by Sussex Police for despondent/ missing/ suicidal persons and 1 by the general public.

The Frontline pro active team came across another 2 persons during our routine patrols.

Sadly there was a death at the cliffs this week.

 

 

Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 6th to 12th October 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 15 searches during the week ending 12th October 2014, resulting in the rescue of 9 persons who were despondent/ suicidal.

We were called to 7 searches by Sussex Police for despondent / missing / suicidal persons 3 by the general public.

The Frontline Pro-Active team came across another 5 persons during our routine patrols.

Happily there were no deaths at the cliffs this week.

Search & Rescue incidents during the week of 29th September to 5th October 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 10 searches 5th October 2014, resulting in the rescue of 7 persons who were despondent/ suicidal.

We were called to 8 searches by sussex police for despondent / missing / suicidal persons.

The Frontline Pro-active team came across another 2 persons during our routine patrols.

Happily there were no deaths at the cliffs this week

Search & Rescue incidents during week of 22nd to 28th September 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 11  searches during the week ending 28th september 2014, resulting in the rescue of 7 persons who were despondent/ suicidal.

We were called to 5 searches by Sussex police for despondent / missing / suicidal persons 1 by the Beachy Head Pub, 1 by the general public.

The frontline pro-active Team came across another 4 persons during our routine patrols

Happily there were no deaths at the cliffs this week.

Blame Culture

Blaming the blame culture

We live in a world of constant measurement where everything that happens has to be someone’s fault – in short we have to have someone to blame other than ourselves.

Why am I mentioning this now? Because today, I met a member of our wonderful public who was with someone who decided to run and jump off the cliffs, to their death.

This wonderful human being is asking himself how he could have stopped the person from jumping. What should he have said or done to save the person?

I am sure that many people would ask themselves this same question if they went through such a sad experience.  A member of our team is doing just that – this chaplain saw the suicidal person acting totally normal, standing at the back of his car putting his walking boots on. It was a completely commonplace action, done by regular walkers the length and breadth of this great land of ours.

Neither my team member nor the member of the public who walked along with the suicidal person are to blame:

THE RESPONSIBILITY BELONGS TO THE PERSON WHO CHOSE TO END THEIR LIFE.

WHATEVER WE DO TO HELP, WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE CHOOSES TO END THEIR LIFE. THE MOST THAT WE CAN HOPE TO DO IS TO GIVE THEM THE CHANCE TO CHOOSE LIFE.

When they make that choice, fantastic!  When they turn away from life, it is not our fault.

Those who are contemplating taking their life often say, “there is no point, there is no hope, people will be better off without me”. This is not true, their suicide often smashes those left behind. What we can all do for a despondent person – if we have the chance – is to give them hope.

For some, this will mean offering them the hope that comes from faith. For others it will involve offering encouragement and hope in their situation, sometimes reminding them that their feelings of sadness or depression will not last for ever. We may not have solutions, but we can try to show them that someone cares, and in the case of a chaplain or member of the public, we have cared enough to stop and engage with them.

Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 15th September to 21st September 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 11 searches during the week ending 21st September 2014, resulting in the rescue of 2 persons who were despondent / suicidal.

We were called to 9 searches by Sussex Police for despondent / missing / suicidal persons, plus 1 person by the Beachy Head Hotel.

The frontline pro-active team came across another person during our routine patrols.

Sadly there were 2 deaths From Beachy Head during the week.

Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 8th to 14th September 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy were involved in 12 searches during the week ending 14th September 2014, resulting in the rescue of 6 persons who were despondent / suicidal.

We were called to 9 Searches by Sussex Police for despondent/ missing/ suicidal persons.

The frontline pro-active came across another 3 persons during our routine patrols.

Thankfully there were no deaths at the cliffs on Beachy Head this week.

 

What a Blessing

What a blessing it was yesterday afternoon, I had just finished dealing with a traumatic incident and on route back to my vehicle, I happened to see a group Picnic’ing on the downs, I immediately recognised them as a group from the Christian Community over in Robertsbridge, The Darvell community. I walked across to say hello to them, and was offered food and drink, I refused food, but was happy to accept a drink, having been out for a number of hours in yesterday’s beautiful sunshine.

We talked for a while and one of them asked to sing a song for me, I agreed and they Sung, “No man is an Island”, they had no instruments, but the harmonies were perfect and the music was fantastic, I then thanked them and prayed for their community, we ended for one of their number praying for the ongoing work of the Chaplaincy.

What a God incident, Thank You God for putting them there, when I most needed to meet with fellow Christian’s

Mark

Director

I am the one on the right of photo

Search & Rescue Incidents during week of 1st to 7th September 2014

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 20 Searches during the week ending 7th September 2014, resulting in the rescue of 13 persons who were despondent/ suicidal.

We were called to 10 searches by Sussex Police for Despondent/ missing/ Suicidal persons, 4 by the general public and 1 by the beachy head pub.

The frontline pro-active team came across another 5 persons during our routine patrols.

Sadly there was 1 death at the cliffs this week.

Out of the Blue

Nicky Wood 2014

Nicky Wood has undertaken many fundraising events for Out of the Blue, which raises money for The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team and child bereavement charities: Dragonflies @ FSN and Winston’s Wish. Nicky recently undertook an Iron Man in Bolton, which involved; a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle followed by a marathon. She did it in an incredible 13 hours and 10 minutes – truly amazing.

Thank you Nicky for all you do and for the money you have raised – you are a superstar.