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You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. I’m sitting on one of the two balconies of our family room, and I can’t stop staring at the shiny moon bridge leading towards the endless horizon. This year in June only, 10 bodies were found nearby the bottom of Beachy Head, including a mother with her 5-year-old son. If you’re driving, you can find Beachy Head’s location on a map here. On the days of my visit the weather was sweet. Beachy Head is the kind of destination. Beachy Once I took a young German girl named Mona with me. "It's not a nice closure but at least they're not always wondering what happened.". Website +44 1323 728060. If "All I could see was just this expanse," says Mark from Eastbourne was going through a difficult time Inside Out: South EastView the archive to see stories you may have missed. I considered the case of a young woman who had disappeared down a 100- foot crevasse that opened up before her feet. The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team … One of the men from the previous week may have been a suicide tourist who travelled to the UK to end their life at the world famous cliffs, it was claimed. Perhaps some of them died here, while others merely loved it. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. It was then she put her foot down and drove straight over the edge. the nearest Samaritan office to Beachy Head. In an emotional tribute to his son, Leo's dad described the youngster as a "shining light" who had his "life cut short". Cheryl Tompsett, 42, and her five-year-old son Leo, both from Maidstone, Kent, were found after a suspected murder-suicide. The area appears to have been called Beachy Head around 1724. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? We paid for our 4-people family room with two balconies, sea view and breakfast 135 euros per night on high season. to escape, relax and take in the dramatic scenery. It had its wheels stolen before it could be salvaged, however. After writing a note to his mother saying he would kill himself he walked to Sugar Lump cliff on Beachy Head and jumped. a year, Mark A volunteer coastguard on his work at Britain's most notorious suicide spot, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress is essential that they are listened to, rather than talked to. More prevalent are the menopausal women in their forties. For most of visitors every year, Beachy Head is a place to escape, relax and take in the dramatic scenery. At any moment, its buzz could send him to a heartbreaking and highly dangerous job at Britain's most notorious suicide spot, the 530ft cliff known as Beachy Head… But this area of natural beauty has a darker side. The Samaritans are available 24/7. To be informed that there was once an International Year of Peace that didn't happen is pretty depressing, even if you had no intention of jumping. If there is any encouragement to be salvaged from all this tragedy, it might be teased from the tale of a woman who went to Beachy Head in order to make her quietus. The name has nothing to do with any beach but is a corruption of the original French phrase ‘beau chef’ meaning beautiful headland. One contained children's cuddly toys, but inside the second was the little boy's body. Whether it results from the person’s own decision, an act of a cold-blooded murderer or a false step when taking a selfie, it doesn’t matter. The second award came three years later, for a dramatic clifftop rescue in which John could easily have lost his life. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. "Every person who jumps off Beachy Head leaves a trail of grief and devastation," he says. In a pocket I found a court order and realised he was separated from his children. sense of satisfaction when they succeed in talking around a potential Although he works in sales for a lift-maker, John and all the other volunteers carry pagers and are ready at any moment to drop their day job and race to the shore. 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If you’re planning to stay in Eastbourne, I can warmly recommend The View Hotel that also features stunning beach and sea views. Gr/Eat Greek Deli and Cuisine (974) 2.5 mi $$ - $$$ Mediterranean. Although Eastbourne is the town closest to the cliff, many prospective jumpers mistakenly travel to Dover, remembering the wartime song in which it was claimed that there would be "bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover" and believing that Beachy Head must be one of these. I wanted to ask him whether anyone makes the leap in the belief that he or she can fly. Beachy Head Survivors. Or alternatively ring the Samaritans on: 08457 90 90 90. The Pilgrims' Way We welcome four legged friends and have water and treats available to ensure they're as comfortable as you are during your visit! One trendy Instagram shot. Some leave two, three, even five suicide notes. Earlier this month, on June 13, three bodies were found below the cliffs. 372 Restaurants within 5 miles. I had to leave Beachy Head. Luckily for Mark, PC Trevor Perks arrived. As we start walking towards the cliff edge, we meet the first signs warning about the unstable cliffs eaten by erosion. It made him stop, but the front wheels were still inches from the edge. feelings, Talk to family or friends. People sometimes leave a bag containing their name and address, instructions as to whom to contact, how to dispose of their remains, and the whereabouts of their wills. What causes suicidal feelings? But he admits the tragic nature of his job affects him. Luckily, most of us arrive at Beachy Head for the breathtaking landscapes rather than the melancholic stories and destinies. that around 20 people each year choose to commit suicide at Beachy Head. I told him that one of my grandfathers blew his own brains out because he could not bear the pain of his war wounds and believed that he had cancer, and that I had always thought this entirely sane and reasonable.