Our advisory board

Samaritans’ Advisory Board provided us with informal support, helping us increase our potential to influence and fundraise.

It was formed by a group of friends of Michael Varah, who died in 2007. Michael was the son of Samaritans’ founder, the Reverend Chad Varah, and his friends wanted to support the charity in an informal way in his memory. The Board disbanded in February 2018.

It played a key role in the launch of our 116 123 free to call number, removing any barrier to contacting us in terms of cost, by helping us to build relationships with telecoms companies and funders.

The Advisory Board had no legal or governance role in Samaritans, and elected its own Chair and members, none of whom were paid for their support.