Sheffield charity launching new marathon fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Week

Sheffield Samaritans is launching a new fundraiser this week, which will aim to promote positive mental wellbeing whilst raising funds that will enable the charity to continue its vital work.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:10 am

Samarathon will involve participants walking, jogging or running 26.2 miles - the equivalent of a marathon - during July.

It is hoped that the initiative will raise essential funds for Sheffield Samaritans so volunteers can continue to provide vital emotional support to those who may be struggling.

Alex, who has been a listening volunteer at Sheffield Samaritans for four years, said: “As a Samaritans volunteer, I see and hear a lot about the need for our services and the non-judgemental space we offer people who are struggling and need to talk.”

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Alex, a listening volunteer at Sheffield Samaritans

At a time in which the pandemic has significantly hampered the fundraising of most charities over the past year, raising funds is a main aim, however, volunteers are also keen to encourage people to get active as we come out of lockdown.

Alex, who ran two marathons himself last year, added: “As well as raising money, it helped me to stay fit as I challenged myself to run further and for longer. I find that my mood improves after a run which was especially important during lockdown. I’d encourage everyone, no matter what their ability to get involved!”

Participants can complete their marathon in their own time, at their own pace, wherever and however they wish.

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If you or someone you know is in need of support, contact Samaritans for any time on 116 123, email: [email protected] or visit: