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Beachy Head chaplaincy faces closure

05 June 2014 | by Paul Donovan | Comments: 0

A Christian team that patrols the infamous suicide site at Beachy Head, East Sussex, saving hundreds of lives each year, may be disbanded due to lack of funding.Redundancy notices have been issued to four of the six permanent staff of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team (BHCT). The team has saved more than 2,000 lives since it began operations in 2004 and demand for the service has continued to grow. Last year, it dissuaded 364 people from committing suicide. The team of around 20 people carries out patrols 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also acts on alerts from the police and others about possible suicides.The number who take their lives by jumping some 530ft from the sheer chalk cliff to the beach below has remained steady over the years. Thirty-three died last year, compared to 29 a ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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