Phoenix Group employees chose Samaritans as charity partner following a staff vote that saw colleagues keen to focus on mental health.
Phoenix’s partnership with Samaritans, the charity that is there for anyone struggling to cope, reflects the focus of Phoenix Colleagues on looking after themselves, each other, their customers and their desire to support their local communities.
Since restrictions began, mental ill-health has been the most common concern among callers to Samaritans, raised in almost half (47%) of emotional support contacts. The charity’s 20,000 volunteers have spent more than a million hours listening to people struggling to cope.
Colleagues at Phoenix Group recognise that the pandemic has had a significant impact on the nation’s mental health. In partnering with Samaritans, Phoenix Group is helping to ensure that the charity can continue to provide emotional support 24/7.
Our partnership is an opportunity for us to work with Samaritans to support their needs, not just raising funds, but donating time and sharing skills where needed. We will also be making sure we learn even more about supporting mental wellbeing through our partnership
Andy Moss, Phoenix Life CEO and Group Director, Heritage at Phoenix Group
Phoenix colleagues are supporting Samaritans to continue to be there
From Samarathon to Your 24, Phoenix colleagues have got behind the partnership and got involved with a range of fundraising activities.
Phoenix have raised an incredible amount - over £10,000 with double company matching - thanks to the phenomenal efforts of 27 amazing Phoenix colleagues who took on Samarathon. They clocked up over 2,000 miles during the July challenge to run, walk or jog the length of a marathon to raise funds for Samarathon.
And as if one marathon was not enough, one Phoenix colleague, Tony, was so inspired by the way in which Samaritans is there to listen 24 hours a day, he took on ‘24 marathons in May’ raising an impressive £2,454.52, which was matched by the company.
I can’t tell you enough how a simple ‘well done’ or ‘you’ve got this’ comment can help someone who is struggling. I’ve stopped to help runners in tears because of injury, self-doubt or just exhaustion, and helped them keep going. Watching them go on and finish is as much of a high as finishing your own marathon. One day I had tears in my own eyes when I opened my bag after finishing a race and finding that a runner had put a gift in there with a lovely note thanking me for saving her race the day before. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me to succeed in this crazy challenge and also donated to such a great cause. I’d encourage everyone to take part in supporting Samaritans or simply stopping to check on anyone you see that may need help
Tony, Phoenix Group colleague who completed 24 marathons in May to raise funds for Samaritans
Phoenix Group's Customer Team who organised a walk to coincide with National Walking Month with the aim of covering as much of the distance between two main Phoenix Group offices, and the HR team’s ‘24 Minutes of Self-Care' during Mental Health Awareness Week, which smashed its target of £250 by raising over £1,000 which was also company matched.
Phoenix Group colleagues have absolutely embraced our partnership with a range of amazingly creative fundraising challenges. We are so grateful to the incredible efforts of everyone at Phoenix Group who are supporting us to continue to be there to listen
Catherine McCallum, Corporate Partnerships Executive, Samaritans
It’s thanks to Phoenix Group and all of their amazing colleagues that Samaritans can continue to be there for people facing tough times. Thank you Phoenix Group!