What we've been up to this month:

This year we were delighted to welcome Alisha Cowie, the reigning Miss England, as an official Ambassador for PAPYRUS. Alisha visited PAPYRUS HQ in February to learn all about the work that we do here at – from our life-saving HOPELINEUK service, to our community projects and training.  She also met with some of our HOPELINEUK staff.

As glamorous and confident as she appears to be, what may be less known is that Alisha has a very personal reason for wanting to be involved with PAPYRUS. She unfortunately lost a close friend to suicide when she was 14 and feels that no-one ever addressed this properly.  As a result she was interviewed about her experiences on Radio 5 Live and the appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire show at the same time as Harry Biggs-Davison, a PAPYRUS trustee.

Alisha has raised invaluable awareness of PAPYRUS among her wide-reaching network already – her support has been incredible. This year Alisha will be hosting a HOPEWALK for PAPYRUS as well as many other awareness raising activities. She has also pledged to talk about PAPYRUS at all her personal appearance events.

PAPYRUS has also been featured across the Miss England social media channels (you can follow them on twitter here: @MissEnglandNews) which has been an amazing opportunity to spread awareness of our work to an entirely new network.

As a result of Alisha’s wonderful work flying the flag for PAPYRUS, we are now in contact with over 50 other Miss England 2019 contestants!  We have many Miss England semi-finalists supporting PAPYRUS up and down the country – with a real variety of awareness raising sessions that have included 90 days make up free, charity walks and photography sessions to encourage people to ask about papyrus.

Everyone here at PAPYRUS would love to extend their gratitude and wish good luck to all of the 2019 Miss England semi-finalists and an extra thank you to Alisha for choosing to support PAPYRUS.