Whether you’re celebrating your birthday, getting married, or have a big anniversary coming up, your next big celebration can help save lives.
Asking for donations is a great alternative to gifts, no matter the occasion. And it might save you from yet more shower gel or another badly fitting jumper! Plus, it’s easy to do.
If your plans are all set, just fill in the form below to let us know what you're up to.
Tell us about your special occasion
Set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook
Fundraising on Facebook is so easy, all you need to do is set up a fundraiser here and share your fundraiser with friends and family. All funds raised on Facebook come direct to Samaritans and will help us be there for anyone who needs a listening ear.
Celebrate your wedding
Congratulations! There are a few ways your big day can help Samaritans be there for more people who need us – what a wonderful way to spread the love and joy!
Donations in lieu of gifts
If you already have every gadget and gizmo you’ll ever need, ask your guests to make a donation to Samaritans instead of buying a gift. Set up a JustGiving page where guests can leave a message with their donation and you’ll be able to see all donations in one place.
It was clear once we started planning our wedding that we didn't really 'need' the usual gifts, we had already lived together for 3 years and had everything we wanted. That's when we decided that a charitable donation would be much more useful than toasters and blenders! About a year before my wedding we were given the devastating news that my uncle had died by suicide. I was completely heartbroken and at the time I was battling my own mental ill health; the news absolutely terrified me. We knew that something had to change, and Samaritans provide a service that can do that. It also made me feel, that in some small way, my uncle was present on the day.
How your celebration can help
- Every £5 your friends donate for your birthday could fund a call for help from someone struggling to cope.
- £46 raised by your loved ones on your special day will train and support an existing Samaritans volunteer for a year.
- £200 raised by your birthday could train a new volunteer to offer Samaritans’ life-saving service.
- £5,000 raised by you and your wedding guests could keep Samaritans' phone line open for 24 hours.
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