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All our services are provided by unpaid volunteers but we still need to raise about £50,000 every year for our running costs
We generate all this money ourselves, mainly through our charity shop, fundraising activities organised by ourselves or supporters, and donations from local people and organisations. Bequests and donations in memory of a relative or friend, perhaps someone who had supported us or had called us at a difficult time in their lives, also help us maintain our services.
We are really grateful to two of our supporters - Emma and Charlotte - who raised a total of £896 for us by taking part in the Samarathon in July 2021. And we send huge congratulations to Emma who successfully completed the 100k Race to the Stones Ultra Marathon as part of her fundraising challenge.
Local people have run all sorts of fundraising events in the past, but in what we think is a first, Hearsall Litterbusters organised a mammoth 24-hour litter picking event to raise money for Samaritans. The event took place from noon on 31 July 2021 until noon on 1 August 2021.
We just loved the idea because the Litterbusters aim to build community and prevent isolation in the Earlsdon/Spon End/Chapelfields areas of Coventry, where we are based. Just like us, Litterbusters is run by volunteers and again, just like us, this event ran throughout the day and night.
Comedian Sarah Millican invited Samaritans to collect donations after her performances at Warwick Arts Centre in October 2021. A grand total of £1906.19 was donated to our branch. It was really heart warming to hear Sarah as she told the audiences about the collections for Samaritans and there was a huge round of applause and cheers from the audience.
Could you help us balance our books?
We spend all our money very carefully. The prisons service reimburses the costs we incur in supporting people in prison. Otherwise all our services are free. If you would like to raise funds for us, we would love to hear from you. Please do get in touch with us by clicking here.
Or you can donate easily and quickly through our online fundraising platform Enthuse. If you are a taxpayer, your donation can be worth an extra 25p for every pound you give to us, just by saying you want to use the Gift Aid scheme. It will not cost you any extra.
Want to know more?
Click the arrow to see what we spend our money on
Our regular costs include:
- our telephone bills and internet charges
- the gas and electricity bills for a building we use for almost 24 hours a day, winter and summer
- our water bill and Council Tax
- stationery and equipment
- cleaning materials
We also have to pay for
- repairs and maintenance to our building
- the publicity material we use to ensure that everyone who needs help knows how to contact us.
We also offer to reimburse our volunteers for their travelling expenses. Although they all give their time free of charge, often late at night or very early in the morning, we don’t want anyone to be out of pocket because they volunteer for us.
For more information about where the money goes please click below to see our Annual Report and Accounts