Prince Charles visits the offices of Central London Samaritans

HRH Prince Charles kicks off our 60th birthday celebrations

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of Samaritans, hosted a reception at Clarence House on Wednesday for distinguished guests and volunteers to launch the celebrations marking 60 years since the charity received its first call in November 1953.

Among those present at the reception were some of Samaritans’ high profile supporters, including Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley:

Speaking at the 60th Anniversary reception at Clarence House last night (Wednesday 1 May), His Royal Highness commended Samaritans’ bold vision for the future.

He highlighted that the challenges of reaching isolated people at risk of suicide, whether it be in rural or urban areas, or even online, are a priority for the charity moving forward:

His Royal Highness also visited the offices of Central London Samaritans in Soho on Thursday, where he unveiled a portrait of the charity’s founder Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH CBE, and met volunteers, staff and donors.


Special thanks to Met Film School.

Filming: Nathanael Bauer