Date: 31st January 2020
Samaritans announced as Curtins Charity of the Year 2020
We pledge to raise £15,000 to help Samaritans continue supporting people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
This year we will be supporting Samaritans as our nominated Curtins Care Charity of the Year. Through the partnership, we aim to raise £15,000 in funds, as well as improve awareness about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Once again we will also offer every staff member the opportunity to donate their time to Samaritans through a Donation Day initiative. It is hoped that the Charity Donation Days will enable staff to take part in activities such as volunteering in high street shops, undertake fundraising activities and even training as a Samaritans volunteer if they choose.
Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Every six seconds Samaritans respond to a call for help, with 20,000 volunteers across the UK and Republic of Ireland who support people by telephone, email, letter and face-to-face in branches.
Rob Melling, Chief Executive at Curtins, says:
“Caring for families, individuals and communities is vitally important to us at Curtins. Every year we pledge to support a worthy charity, chosen by our staff and I’m so pleased that this year we are partnering with Samaritans, who continue to be there for people when they need support the most.
We have a great track record of raising funds and exceeding our annual fundraising targets, and I am certain that this year will be no exception. Working in the Construction industry, there is a statistically higher risk of mental health challenges and suicide. This is a matter close to our heart.
We are excited to be partnered with the Samaritans to help build awareness and openness to talk within the Construction and Engineering sector. Hopefully, our collaboration can contribute to breaking down the stigma attached to mental health and suicide, encouraging men, in particular, to ask for help if they are struggling or experiencing a difficult time.”
Ruth Sutherland, CEO at Samaritans says:
“We look forwarding to working with Curtins and helping staff with their fantastic fundraising efforts in 2020. With their support, we can promote the power of listening and help more people who are struggling to cope.
“When someone is feeling overwhelmed, it’s vital that they are listened to and supported to work through difficult thoughts and feelings. Our confidential 24-hour service, available 365 days a year, is often the only place people can turn to, especially when other services are unavailable. Together, we will save lives.”