The charity declared 15 January Brew Monday and asked friends, neighbours and work colleagues to help Samaritans – Brighton, Hove and District simply by taking time out for a cuppa and a chat.
Talking about the National event, Alison Pratt, volunteer and branch director “Here at Brighton Samaritans we are hoping people will support Brew Monday and get together for a cuppa and a chat, and make a donation too. Funds raised will help ensure that anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed can contact our free helpline, email us, or call in at our branch to talk face to face.
“Isolation and loneliness are among the main reasons people contact Samaritans. Joining up and having tea with someone can provide a lift when dark days, cold weather, broken resolutions and credit card bills may otherwise take centre stage.”
Comedian Vic Reeves was one of a host of celebrities who backed the campaign. He said: “I love nothing more than a good brew, so Brew Monday is a great excuse to do that and also to catch up with your nearest and dearest.”
The Brighton branch volunteers hosted events at Brighton, Hove and Lewes train stations during peak times and offered sets of tea bags to be shared on a tea break with a friend, family member, colleague or anyone you invited to meet over a brew.