Hear from Tim Parfitt, CEO and founder of Netcel, who shares why the company is proud to support Samaritans.
Netcel, an award-winning digital product consultancy, has been a partner of Samaritans since July 2022. Together, they have been walking, running, cycling, baking, painting, gaming and taking part in many other activities to raise vital funds so our volunteers can continue to be there, 24/7, for anyone struggling to cope and aim to raise £10,000.
Tim Parfitt, CEO and founder of Netcel, has a personal connection with the charity and as well as motivating his staff to help meet their fundraising total, has recently completed a personal challenge cycling 200 miles in one day to raise money to support Samaritans.
Tim said: “With mental health issues impacting more people than ever, the incredible support services provided by Samaritans has never been more needed.
I have phoned Samaritans once in my life. My eyes are welling up with tears just thinking about it. The support I received from Samaritans in my darkest hour was exceptional. At the time, I didn't feel able to talk to my family, my friends, my doctor, or anyone else. And then I remembered Samaritans.
"Now, many years later, I am delighted to be helping the charity to continue providing this life-changing - and at times, life-saving service.
"I am a keen cyclist and recently, I took on the challenge of cycling 200 miles in one day around Mallorca, up and down 4,750 metres of mountains to raise money for the charity. I trained hard for the challenge, cycling around 1,500 miles since 1 January 2023 – that's about 100 miles a week.
"It was a very tough but elating day. We left at 5:30am, in the dark and finished at around 11:30pm in the dark, so 18 hours in total. I completed the 200 mile challenge, but the hardest part was the 4,750 metres of mountain climbing. A really tough day – I was incredibly tired, achy and very sore in places! The highlight was, without doubt, completing the route – the sense of achievement was fantastic. Seeing all the donations that had come in while I was cycling made it all worthwhile."
Tim raised an amazing £2,285 for Samaritans, smashing his original £1,000 goal!
Sadly, suicide and mental health issues have touched more than one of our team, so the fantastic work of Samaritans really resonates with us.
Tim continued: "We are very proud to be supporting Samaritans through a wide variety of fundraising activities - walking, running, cycling, cake bake sales, inflatable runs, abseiling, golf, raffles and more!
"In addition to our goal of raising £10,000, the fundraising activity also encourages social responsibility and is an invaluable part of our team culture."
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