On the evening of Wednesday 21st December, a group of local singers formed to create the Basingstoke Samaritans Choir, performing a wonderful concert to an audience of around 200 people at the United Reformed Church. The concert was a great success and helped to raise funds and awareness for the work of our local Basingstoke Samaritans. The event raised an amazing £1,200.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Jane Frankum who said “the work of Samaritans is such a vital support for those people who need a safe, caring and listening service when things are getting them down. You should not be afraid to pick up the phone and call Samaritans, in my past I did and they made me realise I was not alone, they listened and helped me see a way forward”.
Samaritans UK & Ireland Chair Jenni McCartney, who is a listening volunteer at Basingstoke Samaritans and attended the evening said “the £5 entry fee charged for attendance this evening will cover the cost of a Samaritan answering a caller contact and helping to provide support to that person. During the past 12 months Basingstoke Samaritans, has answered more than 22,000 contacts, so all donations really do make a difference to our community.”
The evening was a wonderful celebration of Christmas, but with the thoughts very much on those who need the support of Samaritans no matter what time of the year. Christmas is a time when more people need that extra support. Samaritans is free to call on 116 123 if you need a safe place to talk.
Sing for Samaritans is not only a Christmas event, but the opportunity for any groups, choirs or friends to come together and raise awareness and funds for Samaritans. If you are interested in organising an event, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org