Samaritans is honoured to have His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as its Royal Patron.
Over 20 years, The Prince of Wales has been committed to supporting the charity’s vision that fewer people die by suicide and has met many Samaritans volunteers and supporters.
As part of the charity’s 60th birthday celebrations in 2013, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque dedicated to the charity’s founder Chad Varah at Samaritans' Central Office and hosted a reception at Clarence House to celebrate the charity’s work. Over the course of his association with the charity His Royal Highness has visited a number of branches to meet volunteers and find out how they create awareness of the Samaritans service, do outreach work in the community and recruit volunteers.
As part of the Prince’s 70th birthday celebrations, His Royal Highness hosted a 70th Patronage Celebration Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of his Charities. We were able to nominate a number of our volunteers to join the celebrations as a mark of their commitment and dedication to volunteering.
The Samaritans has become an institution in their own right. I’m deeply appreciative and full of admiration for everything all these remarkable volunteers do, with so many of you here today I know. The fact that you give up so much of your time and provide your love and compassion for other people in this way. It is a wonderful thing that you’re doing and the fact that there are still so many people wanting to volunteer for this is a great sign of so many people’s willingness to help others in this way. And, I’m absolutely convinced you do make such a difference to people’s lives.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at an event for Samaritans' 60th birthday celebrations
Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland: “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.”