Brighton marathon Samaritans runners Dave the running telephone and 'Elsa' Melody King

Much needed cash raised by 30 Samaritans Brighton Marathon runners

Thirty dedicated runners were put through their paces on Sunday (yesterday) when they took part in the Brighton Marathon covering 26.2 miles to help Samaritans continue to be there round the clock, every single day of the year to support people who are struggling to cope. The runners have raised an impressive £13,800 so far, with donations still coming in.

A number of people were taking part for very personal reasons, including Melody King from Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire: “I am so pleased that I ran for Samaritans, it is a charity close to my heart and such a worthwhile cause. That's what helped when the going got tough - knowing that I am blessed with being happy and healthy. I have been fortunate enough to have plenty of support whenever I have been struggling with anxiety and depression, but there are many out there who don't have the amazing support network that I have.”

One of the charity’s veteran fundraisers, Dave Lock, completed his forty-ninth marathon in a giant green telephone costume and is also taking part in the London Marathon on 22 April. Dave said: “I love Brighton marathon, the crowd are so warm and friendly, so that’s one of the reasons I’ve now done this marathon six years in a row.”

Rosie Peploe, Samaritans Events Fundraiser said: ‘‘Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Brighton Marathon for Samaritans. It was a fantastic atmosphere, raising a huge level of awareness for this valuable cause. We’re very grateful to everyone who took part, and the people who kindly sponsored them, the funds raised will help us to continue to deliver our vital service for those that need it most.”

Samaritans now have places available for the Brighton Marathon 2019. Samaritans has hundreds of runners taking part in challenges across the UK this year. For more information visit our events pages

To donate to Melody visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/run-mnky-run

To donate to Dave visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-lock-20