Queen's Award Presentation for Guildford Samaritans

Dame Sarah Goad, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey presented Guildford Samaritans with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the Guildhall, Guildford on Monday 9th September.   Guildford Samaritans were the only charitable organisation in Surrey to have received the award this year.

Nominated for the award by a local supporter, Guildford Samaritans has been recognised for its commitment to supporting local people over the past 50 years and the Branch’s outreach work, including a missing person referral scheme with Surrey Police.

Guildford Samaritans celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and the Branch today has over 160 volunteers both men and women ranging from students to pensioners. Last year volunteers at the branch answered 52,429 calls for help by phone, email and text.  

Director of Guildford Samaritans, Mandy Perrin, said: “We are all delighted and honoured to have received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service especially so in our 50th anniversary year. This is a fantastic testament to the time and commitment that volunteers have put in over the years and we are all very proud. This award is for all the volunteers of Guildford Samaritans including the Listeners at HMP Coldingley and HMP Send.”

Samaritans Chair, Stephen Hoddell, said: “What a wonderful and well-deserved achievement for Guildford Samaritans. The branch is a pillar of the local community, and their volunteers will have supported a countless number of people over the last 50 years. On behalf of Samaritans, I’d like to congratulate Guildford and thank them for their continued dedication.”

Later in the week on Sunday 15th September Holy Trinity Church are celebrating Samaritans 50th Anniversary by dedicating the evensong service to Guildford Branch.  Although not a religious organisation the inaugural meeting of Guildford Samaritans was held in Holy Trinity Hall in March 1963 and it was a result of that meeting that the Guildford Branch of Samaritans was formed.  

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Notes to editors:
Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.