Samaritans of East Surrey

Samaritans of East Surrey


It costs us £75 a day to provide support to our callers, Sponsorship from a major event like the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon will hopefully go a long way in covering these costs and a great way to celebrate our branch’s 50 years of supporting the community.

As a branch of Samaritans we operate within it’s policies and guidelines and are able to contribute to and draw upon its regional and organisation-wide support networks. However, whilst funds are raised nationally for the corporate management, support, publicity etc., each branch is a separate independently constituted charity and is responsible for its own premises, running costs, local initiatives and promotion. Samaritans is a registered charity founded in 1953 and is the emotional support charity for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The origins of the branch can be traced back to 1963. After suffering from depression, Bernard Braley, music publisher and writer, heard a radio show about the Samaritans and submitted a letter to The Surrey Mirror suggesting that a branch be set up in Reigate. Braley’s letter was seen by Chad Varah, the founder of Samaritans, who encouraged him to move things forward. A year later Samaritans East Surrey and North Sussex branch was opened in St. Mary’s Road, Reigate. The branch has since separated from North Sussex, following the opening of a branch in Horsham, and moved to it’s new location on the high street. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the branch.

Our volunteers go through a rigorous selection and training process, first, to ensure that they have the necessary caring qualities and then to develop their capacity to listen and to respond non-judgmentally with empathy and warmth. Whilst many of our contacts may come from out of our area, we have a specific focus on the local communities in Reigate and surrounding East Surrey area. As well as our drop-in facility in Reigate, where we strive to provide a 24 hour telephone support service, we take our message and our support to a variety of local groups.

Our volunteers make a major contribution to our finances, but it costs us £75 a day to provide support to our callers, therefore sponsorship from a major event like the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon, will hopefully go a long way in covering these costs and will be a great way to celebrate our branch’s 50 years of supporting the community.

Julie Tootil
Samaritans of East Surrey

Samaritans of East Surrey