Our 1st Champagne Reception & Dinner - this September...

Wednesday 18th January 2017
Announcing the first ever Champagne Reception & Dinner for the Winchester & District Samaritans at the Great Hall Winchester, this September

On behalf of the Winchester & District Samaritans, we're pleased to announce that on Friday September 8th 2017 we will be holding our first ever CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND DINNER.

This fundraising event is a key to help keep the branch running in 2017.

We are honoured to have been offered the Great Hall in Winchester as a venue (the home of King Arthur’s round table). The event will be a glittering occasion held in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and we hope to entice generous locals and businesses to contribute to an auction of ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes.

Our host will be a well-known personality, with good humour, to inspire a benevolent mood and to ensure a sellout occasion. Watch this space...

Our current goal at this stage is to secure sponsorship to cover the costs of putting on the event. This will mean that all ticket sales and auction monies raised will immediately create funds for the charity. We are hoping that some of Winchester’s premier businesses will be interested in taking a platinum, gold or silver sponsorship package (details available to interested parties...).

Background

On average 19 people in the UK take their own lives every day and it remains the leading cause of death among middle aged men. The Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide and we work to achieve this vision by helping to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicidal feelings and behaviour. Samaritans is run almost entirely by volunteers. The Winchester and District branch costs a fair amount of money to maintain each year, even though we have more than 120 unpaid volunteers.

Annually we support more than 14,000 telephone calls, 2700 emails and 6000 text messages along with face-to-face callers.

The Winchester & District Branch of Samaritans was originally funded and set up by a group of Winchester businessmen over 40 years ago to help the perceived needs of the local community.