Press release: X Factor finalist Johnny Robinson serenades commuters

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People in London’s business district traded finance for fun today, as X Factor finalist Johnny Robinson crooned to Canary Wharf commuters in support of Samaritans’ brand new fundraising initiative, Feel Good Friday.

People in London’s business district traded finance for fun today, as X Factor finalist Johnny Robinson crooned to Canary Wharf commuters in support of Samaritans’ brand new fundraising initiative, Feel Good Friday.

Johnny Robinson who is currently rehearsing for the X Factor tour said: “The atmosphere today has been fantastic, and I hope I brought a bit of cheer to Londoners on their way to work. I am supporting Samaritans because they provide a vital service to people across the UK, and I hope everyone has raised lots of money for this important charity.”

The London Gay Men’s Chorus were also on hand to raise smiles and spirits, performing feel-good tunes to amazed crowds of workers and shoppers.
 
A YouGov poll shows that Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now is the nation’s favourite feel-good song with nearly two fifths of people (39%) selecting it, making it the UK’s number one uplifting tune.

The poll being published today by Samaritans coincides with the launch of their new fundraising day, Feel Good Friday. Out of a list of 40, people chose their favourite feel-good songs, perhaps keeping them upbeat when they are feeling down. After Queen, the top five feel-good songs were: Abba’s Dancing Queen (31%), The Monkees’ Daydream Believer (25%), Katrina and the Waves’ Walking on Sunshine (23.35%) and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (23.28%).

Sponsored by healthcare provider Simplyhealth, Feel Good Friday takes place today (Friday 3 February). Businesses across the nation will be taking part in ‘feel good’ themed fundraisers and challenges in return for a donation to Samaritans.

Deal or No Deal presenter, Noel Edmonds, is also lending his support to Samaritans’ Feel Good Friday: “I absolutely love music, and any time I’m feeling in need of a pick-me-up I put on some feel-good songs. I hope the people of the UK are raising lots of money for Samaritans this Feel Good Friday.”

Every year Samaritans answers more than five million calls from people struggling to cope. Each call for help by phone, email or face to face costs the charity approximately £3.88.

A full national and regional breakdown of the YouGov poll can be found here:
http://www.feelgoodfriday.org/downloads/feel_good_songs_survey.xls

To find out more about Samaritans’ Feel Good Friday please visit www.feelgoodfriday.org


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For more information and interview requests please contact Claire Duncan on 020 8394 8345 / 07943 809 162 or email c.duncan@samaritans.org

Download high-resolution images of Johnny serenading commuters at Canary Wharf

Notes to Editors

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2146 adults nationally. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29 November and 1 December 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

About Samaritans

Samaritans is here for anyone feeling down and depressed or struggling to cope. Our volunteers are available 24/7 to offer confidential support by phone: 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or 1850 60 9090 (Republic of Ireland), email: jo@samaritans.org, or face-to-face. Visit http://www.samaritans.org/ for details of your local branch.


About Simplyhealth

We became Simplyhealth in 2009 after bringing together HSA, BCWA, LHF, HealthSure and Totally Active, our family of health companies have joined together over the last nine years to form Simplyhealth
We’ve been providing healthcare solutions for nearly 140 years, dedicated to serving our customers through a variety of cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance, healthcare trusts and mobility and living aids
Simplyhealth is a trading name of Simplyhealth Access, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority
As of December 2010, Simplyhealth had 1.2 million customers providing cover for some 2 million lives
Simplyhealth is committed to making a positive impact on its communities. Last year, we donated £1.6 million to health related charities and causes