The Samaritans Hellfire Challenge event is being co- run and supported by the local High Wycombe cycling club. I do not usually participate in Charity events. However, as someone with Mental Health issues who has used the Samaritans, an avid cyclist, and a member of High Wycombe cycling club I am making an exception for this event.
More than just a bike ride, The Samaritans Cycle is an event that raises essential funds for the Chiltern Samaritans. The 110 volunteers support 30,000 callers a year and this event is one of the new ways of they’ve chosen to raise much needed funds to cover their £30,000 annual outgoings.
A 2014 UK survey* found that one in six people tried to take their own life while on a waiting list for psychological therapy. The Samaritans is therefore a crucial charity to fill a gap where the NHS is not able to support people in need and when they need it. The Samaritans is open 24 hours and enables people to talk about their feelings, explore ways to cope, without being judged or told what to do.
EVERY POUND I RAISE FROM THIS EVENT REPRESENTS A CALL TO A PERSON WHO IS STRUGGLING.
*We Need to Talk Coalition. (2014, September). An urgent need: We Need to Talk’s manifesto for better talking therapies for all. Broadway, London: Mind. Retrieved from mind.org.uk/media/1178860/we-need-to-talk-brie ng- september-2014.pdf [Accessed 25/07/16].
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