TOWIE star Jasmin Walia turns red phone boxes green to mark 60 years of Samaritans

Jasmin Walia, (The Only Way is Essex) is joining Felicity Varah Harding, daughter of Samaritans’ founder, Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH CBE, in celebrating Samaritans’ 60th birthday, on Friday 1 November 2013. (**see diary notice below**)

To mark this poignant moment in the charity’s history, two traditional red telephone boxes in the City of London will turn Samaritans’ green. On Saturday, 2 November, from 06:30-22:30hrs the BT Tower will display a message to celebrate Samaritans’ 60th birthday.

Having recently been through difficult experiences of her own, Jasmin knows just how important it is for Samaritans service to be there for people when things get too much.

Jasmin Walia said:

“I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs and it is comforting to know that Samaritans is there, round the clock, if things get on top of me. It is amazing to think of the millions of calls they have answered over the last 60 years. People’s problems will never disappear, there will always be a need for Samaritans.”

The very first call to the helpline was answered by Chad Varah in the church of St Stephen Walbrook on 2 November 1953. Since then 127,000 volunteers have answered 115 million calls for help.  The organisation now has 201 branches with 20,980 volunteers across the UK and ROI.

Samaritans is Jones Lang LaSalle’s Charity of the Year, and staff from the professional services and investment management company are showing their support for the 60th birthday celebrations. Not only will they be fundraising on the streets of London, employees will be taking part in an 8 mile walk with sixty volunteers from the Central London branch, as well as donating an hours pay to the charity.
Guy Grainger, Chief Executive of Jones Lang LaSalle commented: “Samaritans is a fantastic charity and in today’s world, with tougher work and economic pressures and more people needing emotional support, it is up to companies like us to support the work of our charity partner and ensure we leave a legacy for their future growth.”

To mark Samaritans’ 60th birthday, events are taking place across the UK and ROI.  People can get involved by simply texting ‘SUPPORT’ to 70123* to make a £3 donation.

Visit Samaritans’ interactive map to find out about the different events happening across the UK and Ireland to mark Samaritans’ 60th birthday:

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Interview & Photo opportunity
EVENT: Samaritans’ 60th birthday
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Celebrity Jasmin Walia, Felicity Varah Harding, volunteers from the charity, UK Deputy Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle, Andrew Hynard.
DATE: Friday 1 November, 10-10:15am
VENUE:  The Royal Exchange telephone boxes, City of London, EC3V 3DG
MEDIA CONTACT: To attend the photo call or arrange any interviews with Jasmin, please contact Claire Duncan in the Press Team on 020 8394 8345 / For enquiries on the day please call 0783 453 0307

Also lending their support on Samaritans’ 60th birthday; Prime Minister, David Cameron, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, and other well-known supporters.

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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, or visit to find details of the nearest branch.

Terms and conditions of making a donation to 70123
Texts cost £3, plus one message at your standard network rate. Samaritans will receive a minimum of 99% of your donation. We may contact you in the future. If you’d prefer not to hear from us, text NOCALL SAM to 70060. If you wish to discuss this mobile payment, call 0844 241 2263. UK registered charity number 219432.

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