In memory of our colleague and friend, Marina Watters, we have chosen PAPYRUS charity as our Charity of the Year for 2024.

Marina worked at the Fakenham office as an accountant, supporting many local businesses, groups and individuals with their tax and finances. She was an intelligent and energetic young woman, becoming a fully qualified accountant at the age of 23, but had sadness in her life that she struggled to be free from. Tragically, on 26 April 2023 it all became too much, and Marina decided to take her own life.

Her colleague and friend, Jo Brown, remembers her with much fondness, “Marina was always helpful and very work orientated. Her work was her life and she often put in time out of hours for clients. She was very popular and well liked.”

Martyn Benstead, Partner at Stephenson Smart’s Fakenham office, remembers Marina as a unique member of the team. “Everybody loved Marina and she meant a lot to me. She was one of those people who had it all, the personality to get on well with her colleagues and clients, as well as academic acumen; she had all the attributes to be a great accountant, with a lot of potential. Supporting PAPYRUS charity to raise awareness of suicide, and do all they can towards prevention, feels like a fitting memorial to Marina.”

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 35 and under in the UK. They believe that many suicides are preventable.

Their HOPELINE247 is a free, confidential, non-judgemental space to talk openly about thoughts of suicide with trained advisers: 0800 068 4141- the support can also be accessed by text, email, and webchat.

In addition to many other events throughout the year such as bakes sales, dress down days, bingo and quiz nights, the main event that employees, friends and families will be taking part in is a HOPEWALK in October. The walk will be over 17 miles of Peddars Way and give a chance to remember Marina and raise funds and awareness for the PAPYRUS charity.

You can find out about Stephenson Smart’s fundraising for PAPYRUS and donate on our team JustGiving page.


Stephenson Smart's Fakenham team supporting PAPYRUS charity

Did you find this insight useful?

Why not share online

More Insights from Stephenson Smart

  • Claire Melton of Stephenson Smart

    7th January 2021

    Looking forward financially with Claire Melton

    Claire Melton FCCA TEP, specialist in capital taxes, trusts, estates and probate work at Stephenson Smart accountants has some advice to help you look forward with your finances in 2021. As we look forward to 2021, we cannot take what ...

  • The Autumn Budget - Glasses

    23rd February 2022

    Tax changes happening in 2022

    In the Autumn Budget 2021 the chancellor announced tax changes due to come into play in April 2022. The two main changes are The National Insurance threshold and rate change along with the increase to dividend tax rates. There is ...

  • The Big Golf Race team

    3rd August 2023

    The Big Golf Race: Buddies tee off for a marathon game

    A group of Norfolk golfing friends, including Andrew Fryer from our Acle office, have swung into action to raise thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in The Big Golf Race for Prostate Cancer UK. Mike Cutter, Andrew Fryer, Matt ...

  • Crossnet Creative

    26th June 2020

    Business to business support in challenging times

    Richard Crossley set up Crossnet Creative, specialising in web development and graphic design, just over a year ago. With companies diversifying to keep afloat during the coronavrius pandemic, Richard has found himself inundated with rebranding and signage requests to allow ...

  • Sean Page and Mike Rowles of Stephenson Smart in Fakenham

    22nd September 2020

    Anniversary celebrations at Stephenson Smart in Fakenham

    Mike Rowles FCCA and Sean Page FCA are celebrating 15 years and 13 years, respectively, at Stephenson Smart. Both are now based at the firm’s Fakenham office, but started their careers as trainees at the King’s Lynn office and have ...