The Samaritans are appealing for auction lots to raise money at their anniversary ball, taking place at the Eden Project in November.

Sue Wilkins
Sue Wilkins, director of Cornwall Samaritans

The charity is appealing for experiences and items to make its charity auction a success, in return for a mention in the programme, thanks on the night, and social media mentions in the lead-up to the ball.

There will be some 230 guests at the event. These will patrons Rick and Sara Stein, the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Hugh Nelson, deputy mayor of Truro, Sam Rabey, and Tim Owen, of 3 Dads Walking.

“Although receiving administrative support from Samaritans’ national head office, we do not receive any funding from the central charity,” said Sue Wilkins, director of Cornwall Samaritans. “So it is vital that we fundraise locally to ensure our charity continues to deliver its services here in Cornwall.

“Cornwall Samaritans achieved its 50th anniversary during 2019. The Covid pandemic meant we could not hold a gathering to mark the occasion, but it happens that it is now 75 years since the UK charity itself was established.

“To mark both occasions, celebrate the wonderful achievements of our hundreds of volunteers, and raise much-needed funds, we are organising our ball and auction, with some tickets still available. We now need auction prizes to make the event a success.”

Money raised will assist the much-needed redevelopment of Cornwall Samaritans’ premises in Truro. The group wants to make the building more accessible, offering 24/7 support to those struggling to cope, needing someone to listen without judgement or pressure, or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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