Happy to Pay for a Day
It costs The Samaritans £147 a day just to keep going. They receive more than 2,000 calls a month and the Blackpool branch alone deals with on average, 70 telephone calls, five emails and six text messages plus face to face contacts. The money raised through the 'Pay for a day' campaign enables them to have a Samaritan always available for callers, however they choose to contact them.
Blackpool Samaritans have around 70 volunteers of all ages working for free to listen to those who find themselves in a crisis. Volunteers do not offer advice or tell callers what to do, but they do provide emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope or is in need of somewhere to explore their feelings.
During this difficult time Happy believes it is crucial to look after our mental health, now, more than ever which is why we’re so proud to be part of this campaign. Kindness can be shown in many ways so we could think of no better way to uphold our commitment to helping our community and give something back.
Speaking about the sponsorship Karen Lambert, Chief Happy, commented:
“We’re delighted to support the campaign for a second year and thank The Samaritans for providing such a valuable service to our community. Mental wellbeing is very close to my heart. It’s good to see awareness of mental health rising in our society and in our workplaces; how a person thinks and feels, in my opinion, is just as important as their physical health”.
Director Angie Pascoe said:
“Thank you so much for thinking about the branch at this time, I can't tell you how much we appreciate your offer to contribute again to our 'Pay for a Day' campaign. These are such difficult times for everyone and your support is even more welcome now, ensuring volunteers can be there for our callers. Once again, sincere thanks from all the branch, this really does mean a lot to us."
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