Support Sevenoaks Samaritans and sign up for a Samarathon this summer
Sevenoaks Samaritans is encouraging people to sign up to Samarathon and set themselves the challenge of walking, jogging, running or cycling the equivalent of a marathon distance during July, helping the charity’s volunteers continue to provide vital emotional support.
Launching one month before the challenge kicks off on the 1st of July, listening volunteers at the Sevenoaks branch are encouraging residents to make the most of the long summer days by getting active and outdoors, which has the added bonus of helping to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Participants can choose how, when and where they complete their marathon – and can sign up to complete the challenge solo or join a team to complete it alongside their colleagues, friends and family.
Branch Director at Sevenoaks Kay Turner said: “These are tough times right now and more people may find themselves struggling to cope. Taking part in Samarathon is not only a fun way to help look after your own mental health and wellbeing but will help ensure Samaritans volunteers are there to support others in need of our help.“
Michelle, 41, and her son Elliott are signed up to take part in Samarathon this year after taking part in 2021: “My son Elliott wanted to raise money for Samaritans in memory of his dad. Sadly, he took his own life and Elliott wants to do as much as he can to make sure he is helping people that might be finding life tough.
“It worked so well because it’s so flexible. I’m a single mum, work full-time and it was really good to have that extra time with my son at the end of the day, chatting about what we’ve been up to whilst clocking the miles for this amazing cause. We’ll probably be walking it. There’s no downside to taking part.”
Sevenoaks Samaritans volunteered a total of 14,000 hours during the past year. To help us to continue be there for people struggling to cope last year, please consider getting involved or donate to our Sevenoaks page
Three UK is the official sponsor of Samarathon. Connectivity has never been more important and over the three-year partnership, Three UK and Samaritans will work together to expand services and help more people access emotional support, 24/7, 365 days a year.
To find more information or sign up to Samarathon, visit www.samaritans.org/samarathon