Samaritans congratulates Felicity Varah Harding on being awarded an OBE for her outstanding contribution to the charitable sector in the UK
Daughter of the charity’s founder, Chad Varah, Felicity has worked tirelessly to support Samaritans’ mission to reduce deaths by suicide since 2007 in her role as a Samaritans Ambassador.
One of her milestone contributions to the charity was leading the ‘Chad Varah appeal’ between 2009 - 2011 to raise £1,000,000 which funded the development and implementation of a new telephone platform that Samaritans volunteers use, responding to a call for help every six seconds today.
Helping people overcome challenges and improving access to vital emotional support has been a lifelong passion for me. I am overwhelmed to receive such an honour and feel humbled to be in the company of so many people who have done remarkable things.
Felicity Varah Harding, Samaritans Ambassador
Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, added: “Felicity has been integral to the growth of Samaritans, and has made sure the charity’s vision to reach those in need of support is at the heart of everything we do. Her experience, wisdom and spirit have helped guide the journey of Samaritans and I am personally proud to see her recognised for all she has done.”
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