Ellwood Atfield’s chosen charity is The Listening Place.
The Listening Place provides face-to-face, non-judgemental and confidential support to people who feel life is no longer worth living.
Visitors to The Listening Place receive support through free fortnightly appointments with a highly-trained volunteer at one of its three London sites, for as long as it takes to reduce their suicidal feelings. The charity is currently supporting 1,200 suicidal people on an ongoing basis and aim to support 5,000 people in 2023.
Every £250 donated to The Listening Place will fund support for someone who is feeling suicidal for as long as they need, and just over £30 will allow someone to access an initial appointment, giving them what might be their first ever experience of being listened to during their darkest times.
The charity also has strong evidence to show that their support works, with Visitors reporting a highly-significant reduction in their suicidal feelings after three and six months of appointments.
Why The Listening Place exists
Suicide kills around 18 a day in the UK. Most of those who die have sought but not found support and help. Suicide is the major single cause of death in men under the age of 49 in the UK, and there is an alarming increase in suicidal intentions amongst women.
Supporting those who feel life is no longer worth living