SUICIDE Prevention and Intervention Isle Of Wight (SPIIOW) has added a second vehicle to better support the team members.

The frontline charity aims to save lives across the Island from suicide, this is done by teams undertaking community engagement on foot and by car and responding to calls to locate anyone at risk.

The support of this vehicle comes from Cowes based estate agents, Lancasters, which made contact with SPIIOW towards the end of 2020 to express its gratitude for the difficult work SPIIOW undertakes in the community.

Sarah Adams of SPIIOW said: "We are extremely grateful for support we receive, (especially) so during these hard times.

"As a small Island based charity we do often get overlooked by some of the bigger national brands, so when I heard Lancasters was willing to help to the tune of donating funding towards a second vehicle this was overwhelming.

"Having a second vehicle will (allow) us two frontline teams out at any one time. With the professionally trained team growing we are lucky to have teams strategically placed around the Island.

"Like the first vehicle it was left down to Adam of Solent Autopoint to deliver a vehicle to meet our needs, and as always he didn't disappoint."

Isle of Wight County Press: The new SPIIOW vehicle.The new SPIIOW vehicle.

Anyone interested in joining the on-call team can contact SPIIOW at

Chris Lee of Lancasters added: "SPIIOW is rarely given any exposure for fear of it being regarded as a taboo subject.

"Suicide, much like mental health, needs to be talked about more often without prejudice in order for people to get the help before it is to late.

"We hope our small gesture goes some way to helping at least one family not have to deal with the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide."

Someone at risk from Suicide?

The frontline team can be contacted 24 hours a day by calling the crisis number on 667247. This number is only to be used if you or someone you know is at risk of ending their life by suicide.

If you or someone you know has already acted on the thoughts of suicide please call 999 and ask for the ambulance, giving them as much information as possible.