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Emergency Appeal

A microproject by The Samaritans (Central London Branch)
Emergency Appeal

Summary

As the COVID-19 crisis continues the need for our service increases. The emotional distress people feel by being isolated can be acute, whether they are on their own or with family, it is extremely stressful. 1 in 3 calls for help are related to Coronavirus and every 6 seconds we receive a call for help. Our services are under strain, please help us to keep open when we are needed most.

$10,000
total goal
$9,888
remaining
4
donors
0
monthly donors
3
months

Challenge

Our fundraising has become extremely difficult, all our events and community related activities are no longer possible, leaving a very big hole in our finances, which is why we are launching this Emergency Appeal. We need to ensure that we are able to remain open 24/7 for our callers. In 2018 we answered 61,395 calls, responded to 8,202 emails and 10,149 texts, we are experiencing a surge in demand and need to be there day and night for those struggling to cope.

Solution

Central London Samaritans has been in existence for 67 years, operating 24/7, 365 days a year for all that time, we have never closed. To continue to operate our branch around the clock, to answer calls and emails from anybody who needs us is so important. Being heard by a real person, without judgement, and in a safe space to say anything they feel can make all the difference. We are determined that we will continue to do just that throughout the current unprecedented crisis.

Long-Term Impact

The role our volunteers play in suicide prevention, not only serves to alleviate the severe distress of the individual. Supporting someone who is in suicidal crisis also prevents the tragic knock on suffering of the friends and family of the individual in question and represents a significant saving to the UK economy. 'Last Christmas, I didn't know whether I'd be around for another year. Thanks to Samaritans, I am.' - Samaritans caller

Resources

http:/​/​www.samaritans.org/​cls
Central London Samaritans

Organization Information

The Samaritans (Central London Branch)

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Twitter: @CLSamaritans
Project Leader:
Caroline Fahy
London, United Kingdom
$112 raised of $10,000 goal
 
4 donations
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$9,888 to go
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