Students at Durham are trying to break the world record for longest cricket match ever, right now
They’re trying to raise funds for PAPYRUS, a suicide prevention charity
A Durham uni student has organised an attempt at breaking the world record for the longest cricket match, in aid of PAPYRUS, a charity that seeks to prevent youth suicide.
It's taking place right now (12-14 February 2018) at Durham School, and in all, 89 volunteers will be taking part.
Two English cricketers, James Weighell and Matthew Potts, have also already participated in the charity match.
With mental health coming into the spotlight of political and social conversation recently, Ben Gould decided to create the event, 'No Boundaries', which consists of a non-stop, 48-hour, indoor, mixed cricket match.
At this moment in time, the event has raised a total of £1011, surpassing the original goal of £1000.
Ben told the Tab Durham: "I wanted to raise money for PAPYRUS after seeing the scale of mental health issues in young people, particularly at university. Suicidal thoughts are surprisingly common and it is not something that is often spoken about.
"The 48 hours has been exhausting, but is great fun. The support from people all over uni and beyond has been incredible – I’m so gateful to everyone who has donated their time and/or money to make No Boundaries possible."
PAPYRUS is a national charity which provides support for those contemplating suicide, offers a confidential helpline (HOPELineUK), and aims to raise awareness around the very serious issue in general.
PAPYRUS campaigns on a number of issues, such as increasing internet safety through reducing easy access to pro-suicide sites, ensuring appropriate suicide prevention systems are in place in UK schools, and improving support services for young people suffering emotionally.
Over four youths take their own lives daily, with thousands more attempting bodily harm.
You can donate to Ben's fundraiser here.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can contact PAPYRUS's helpline at 0800 068 41 41 or visit their website here.