A LIMERICK charity which patrols the banks of the Shannon to stop people taking their lives by jumping into the water is seeking the public’s help.
Until now, Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP) has operated its riverside patrols out of a shed in the Potato Market.
But due to an increase in volunteers, they have secured a larger building in which to store equipment. And the group is appealing to businesses to help kit it out.
Generously donated by Market Trustees chairman David O’Brien, the new building requires some work, says Paul Hogan of CSPP.
“We have outgrown the shed thankfully, because we have got more equipment. We have the bikes, we have more volunteers and more gear,” he explained,
“The old shed was damp, and was starting to get mouldy.”
He said the new shed “fulfils our needs perfectly”.
“But the only problem is, we have a lot of work to do on it. It needs to be dry lined, wired, plastered, painted to make it dry and warm for us,” Paul explained.
Plasterers and electricians have volunteered to help get the building up and running.
But CSPP need around €5,500 worth of materials to allow work to kick off.
They have published a ‘bucket list’ on their Facebook page, including plasterboard, nails, screws, door frames, plywood, cement, hardwall, locks, handles, flooring, wiring, lights and sockets.
Paul acknowledged this is perhaps the biggest request they have made to a community which has given time and donations to the charity already.
“But if we can get the materials, we can get the volunteers in there. We need to furnish it and put a floor in the building. It is a big project. The materials would come in at €5,500. This is by far the biggest ask we have made of the community. But I am sure they will come in behind us. We can arrange collection,” he said.
Meanwhile, Paul reported that the Christmas period had been relatively quiet for the CSPP volunteers.
This is in contrast to other years, when many people have attempted to take their lives in the River Shannon.
“We have only had to restrain one person from going into the river over Christmas,” Paul said.
However, he said the group is not getting complacent, warning that in March and April, as the days draw out, the rate of suicide can increase.
“We have to be ready for this time,” he added.
To find a list of the items that the charity is looking for, visit their Facebook page by searching “CSPP Limerick”.
Alternatively, you can telephone Paul at 087-0872725743.