Samaritans is honoured to have His Royal Highness Prince of Wales as our Royal Patron.
For over 20 years, Prince Charles has been committed to supporting our vision that fewer people die by suicide, and has met many Samaritans volunteers and supporters.
As part of our 60th birthday celebrations in 2013, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque dedicated to the Samaritans founder Chad Varah and hosted a reception at Clarence House in celebration of our work and also visited our Central office in London to meet some of our volunteers. He heard first hand how they create awareness, do outreach work in the community and recruit other volunteers.
As part of the Prince’s 70th birthday celebrations, His Royal Highness hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of his the charities he supports. A number of Samaritans volunteers joined the celebrations.
His Royal Highness continues to also support our campaigns on his Clarence House social media channels. For Volunteers Week 2020 he posted this thank you message to our volunteers.
I’m deeply appreciative and full of admiration for everything all these remarkable volunteers do. The fact that you give up so much of your time and provide your love and compassion for other people in this way.
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles
Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland has said, “We are very thankful to have the continued support of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his commitment to raising awareness of our life-saving work. The valuable experience he brings from his vast charitable work is a huge support to us in a time when our society is facing difficult times and suicide is an urgent public health issue.”