A cheque to assist PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm) in the building of a Centre of Excellence was presented by the President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association, Gary McGuigan this week.

It is difficult to imagine that these two derelict houses will eventually be a Centre of Excellence for PIPS but the organisation has already raised half the money needed and to assist with the other half. Gary McGuigan, President and Doris Leeman Executive Secretary, NI Grain Trade Association present a cheque to PIPS Co-ordinator, Jo Murphy.
It is difficult to imagine that these two derelict houses will eventually be a Centre of Excellence for PIPS but the organisation has already raised half the money needed and to assist with the other half. Gary McGuigan, President and Doris Leeman Executive Secretary, NI Grain Trade Association present a cheque to PIPS Co-ordinator, Jo Murphy.

Gary said “ Each year the NIGTA President has a chosen charity and I decided to support PIPS due to the number of suicides within our province especially amongst young people.”

Gary went on to say that the amount of support needed for those in crisis and those bereaved is enormous and PIPS have a really wortwhile support system in place. The organisation is also doing sterling work in raising awareness and education of the public regarding suicide.

Jo Murphy, PIPS Co-ordinator thanked the NI Grain Trade Association for their donation and explained that PIPS was at present in temporary headquarters and was renovating two adjoining houses in Duncairn Gardens, Belfast to provide a Centre of Excellence, which will have all of the facilities required to support those in crisis and families and friends who have been affected by suicide and self harm.

The new centre will cost £350,000 and support from various organisations and friends has enabled PIPS to raise half of this already.