In need of inspiration for your next fundraising event or challenge? Read on and hear from some of our amazing supporters about how they fundraised for Samaritans.
John raised £2,765 by swimming in the sea every day of the year
John swam in the sea for 365 days, covering 181 miles and raising £2,765 for Samaritans in memory of his daughter Jess.
"I knew that one day I would like to do something meaningful in memory of Jess, but I didn't realise how long it would take for me to be able to cope mentally with the challenge of confronting my loss and raising funds at the same time. Two years after Jess passed away, I finally felt up to it, and I am so glad I did it.
There was only ever one cause I was going to support and that was Samaritans. They were there for Jess at her lowest point, and after talking to Jess about the support and care she felt from a volunteer, I understood for the first time how vital their work is.
Apart for a few rough days it all went swimmingly and I ended up swimming in 7 seas, covering 181 miles, and raising £2,765.
At the end of the challenge, joined by friends and family for my final swim, I felt like I was not the same person that had started the challenge - I met so many people and it helped me move on to the next stage of coming to terms with it all.
I feel humbled by the support I have received and would say to anyone thinking of taking on a challenge - get out there and do it - you won't look back and you will do something wonderful in helping these special people carry on supporting those that feel they have nobody to turn to.”
Pat raised £8,685 by trekking to Everest Base Camp
Pat trekked to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar in April 2022. The trek consisted of 26 days of straight incline trekking for 9-12 kilometres per day.
"After losing a close friend to a mental health disorder, and suffering with a mental health disorder myself, I wanted to do something to raise awareness and funds for mental health. The trek was incredibly challenging, even with 18 weeks of training under my belt. Getting to Base Camp after two weeks of trekking uphill was an amazing moment. To then summit Kala Patthar over 2000ft above Base Camp was the highlight of this expedition. Messages of support from friends and family kept me going. I'm so proud to have done this for Samaritans, and all the people that sponsored me for this great cause."
Ariella raised £20,000 by organising an online wellness festival
Ariella wanted to give back to Samaritans after calling us when she found herself at a crisis point in her life. She organised and hosted a 3-day online festival, where guest speakers donated charity bundles to sell to the audience.
"It was such a great feeling to be able to give back in some way to an amazing charity which has helped so many people - including me. That was reward in itself. My audience empathised with the overall cause and it brought us all together for three incredible days.”
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