Samaritans’ Brew Monday is a ‘tea-rrific’ success with 100,000 teabag giveaway
Samaritans’ Brew Monday event on 21st January 2019 was a tea-rrific success with 100,000 branded tea bags handed out across the UK in a bid to banish the winter blues, combat loneliness and raise money over a cuppa. As events continue throughout the week, here’s a round up of what has happened.
Celebrities showed their support on social media, with comedian Matt Lucas calling on people to get the kettle on:
And Russell Brand recommended #BrewMonday:
#BlueMonday is widely regarded as a difficult day for many, we have been out with the @samaritans today for #BrewMonday - encouraging people to talk to each other over a hot drink. pic.twitter.com/ocTfF3y2XW— GWR Help (@GWRHelp) January 21, 2019
London Liverpool Street and London Victoria stations also greeted rail passengers.
Companies also got involved, with a sponsored walk by PWC Scotland carefully timed at sunrise to include sighting of the blood wolf moon.
We made it up Carlton Hill with a marvellous group of people from @PwC_Scotland on a special and important day. Good chat all the way up the hill. Absolutely stunning view #nofilter pic.twitter.com/nQvfw4IHql— Samaritans Scotland (@Sams_Scotland) January 21, 2019
And John Lewis in Leeds hosted an event in their café:
Meanwhile, firefighters on Merseyside called on Liverpudlians to check on their neighbours (and while they’re at it, check their smoke alarms work) so that everyone is keeping safe and well.
Help turn #BlueMonday into #BrewMonday by taking five to put the kettle on and have a chat with a friend or colleague. ☕️— Mersey Fire (@MerseyFire) January 21, 2019
Why not pop for a cuppa with an elderly relative or neighbour. Check they're ok & check their smoke alarms whilst you're there too! #ItsOkNotToBeOk pic.twitter.com/3hv1C3KZMF
Book lovers got a friendly welcome in Northern Ireland as libraries there joined in with Brew Monday.
On location today at Ormeau with @librariesNI and @UTVNews talking about our upcoming #BrewMonday event on Monday 21st. Pop in to your library on Monday, connect with others, get ideas for getting involved or even find out about #volunteering with @samaritans pic.twitter.com/NnvZB2lsmP— Belfast Samaritans (@belfastsams) January 18, 2019
It was ‘ready steady bake’ in Kingston with lots of sweat treats for those popping along to their branch event. Meanwhile, Norwich lit their City Hall in Samaritans green to show their support.
It’s #BlueMonday today. Turn it into #BrewMonday and take time for a cuppa and a chat - it can really make a difference to people who are lonely, isolated or just need someone to talk to #kingstonsamaritans pic.twitter.com/zK61Cxol7R— Kingston Samaritans (@sams_kingston) January 21, 2019
Over at the House of Commons MPs clinked Samaritans mugs when MP Liz Twist hosted a parliamentary tea party attended by Minister for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price and Rail Minister Andrew Jones amongst other MPs.
Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “We are in the depths of winter and the temperatures were chilly yesterday but that didn’t stop the public turning out in support of Brew Monday. We’d like to thank them and our volunteers for staging events even in freezing cold train stations. Samaritans' Brew Monday spread both warmth and cheer. It’s like the domino effect – a chain reaction of positive events. Anyone going through a tough time might need reassurance that someone is there should they need it. Lending a listening ear over a cuppa is so important, never underestimate the power of human connection.
“There’s still time to get involved and take action to help combat loneliness, we’re asking everyone to read our latest report. It found young people report feeling lonely more often than older age groups. Join us in asking the Government to put them at the heart of their work on loneliness and suicide prevention.”
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