The cliffs at Beachy Head form the eastern end of the South Downs national park. At 530 feet they are the highest chalk sea cliffs in the UK. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty, and with the red and white lighthouse, is one of the iconic images of England.
Sadly the cliffs are also well known for reasons other than their great beauty. Throughout the nations, Beachy Head is well known as a suicide spot. It is in fact one of the most popular suicide spots in the world.
The first recorded cases of suicide from the cliffs were in the 1600′s. The number of people choosing to end their lives at the cliffs has grown particularly over the last 50 or so years. Much of this has to do with improved transportation and increased media coverage of the area as a suicide spot.
Beachy Head Chaplaincy has been patrolling the cliffs since 2004 reaching out to those in distress, seeking to save lives at Beachy Head.
During July 2012 Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were involved in 71 searches and incidents resulting in the rescue of 23 people who were despondent. Which was quite a high number -
Return to Eastbourne Giving 2012
Today, August 8th 2012, we celebrate our 8th Birthday.Our first rescue happened only 40 minutes in to our first shift. Since that time we have attended 4920 searches and incidents, rescuing 1717 despondent people. Our thanks today go to all those who have helped to make this possible. From those involved in our admin to those on our prayer teams, to those involved in fundraising and those donating and to the trustees and management, and not forgetting of course all those who have been involved on the frontline at Beachy Head. Thank you for helping save so many lives!