Ealing Samaritans will this weekend be taking up the 2.6 Challenge, with 26 volunteers and supporters walking, cycling, running, scooting and more for a least a mile.
The Challenge is to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise through JustGiving (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ealing-samaritans-do-a-marathon-2-6-challenge3926) or Virgin Money Giving page (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EalingSamaritansMarathon).
Ealing Samaritans fundraising lead Susie Mullen says: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the charity sector with the cancellation of thousands of events – notably the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event. Ealing Samaritans is still open and our lines are busier than ever with so many people struggling to cope. This event gives our volunteers something uplifting to do during a particularly challenging time.”
Based in Junction Road in south Ealing, Ealing Samaritans has over 120 volunteers working throughout the lockdown helping to answer some of the five million calls for help that Samaritans responds to every year from people going through a difficult time.
All Samaritans branches are individual charities. Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Samaritans (registered charity no. 1173588) is only able to provide emotional support thanks to the donations and legacies and fundraising by its supporters.