Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans is inviting supporters to run, jog or walk a marathon in their own time and at their own pace for their branch over the month of July to raise valuable funds to ensure the charity can deliver their critical service.
Samarathon aims to motivate more people to get active to improve their mental wellbeing, rather than focus on a single physical endurance challenge that requires participants to run 26.2 miles in one stretch.
Susie McGowan, Branch Director at Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans, said: ‘While we don’t know how long we’ll be observing social distancing and Government guidance on daily exercise, this is a challenge you can do on your own, with members of your household, or join with friends, family and work mates virtually, supporting each other’s progress wherever you are.
‘Now more than ever we know getting active works wonders for your mental wellbeing. Samarathon is a great goal to motivate people to go at that their own pace. Whatever your age or ability, it’s a challenge to do in your time, at your pace, wherever you live or work. This fitness-fundraising initiative is focused on feeling good. We hope supporters will encourage their friends and family of all ages to take part as it’s an achievable challenge they can share and enjoy.
‘In this current climate we really need the public’s continued support. Due to the cancellation of many of our fundraising events, we’re facing a significant loss of funding, so we’re urging the public to help us ensure that we continue to be here for anyone who needs support. It’s free to sign up to Samarathon, but we’d love for everyone to raise whatever they can to support their local branch of Samaritans and help us be there for anyone struggling to cope.’
Supporters can sign up for free by visiting the Samaritans website is calling on people to be kind to themselves, to get active and boost their wellbeing!
For more info on Brighton, Hove & District Samaritans, visit their website