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.
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.”
Owain and friends raised £2,620 by hiking 28 miles to Pen Y Fan
The group wanted to fundraise in honour of their friend Lewis and to raise awareness about male mental health. They walked from Penarth Pier to the top of Pen Y Fan over two days.
"The walk itself was difficult. We were very sore at the end of our first leg but we got to the top of Pen y Fan on Sunday where we spread Lewis' ashes. It was a binding experience for most of us, sharing good memories of our wonderful friend. Whilst being sore and drained the feeling that we have done a good deed out of something that was bad is a great way to turn the negative into something positive.
Organising a fundraiser is not as hard as it looks, you just need to keep the message going, keep posting and communicating with everyone you know. If you are going to be walking a long distance then plan accordingly, as my poor feet are still healing 4 weeks after our walk! "
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