King's Lynn school 'urges' wider West Norfolk community to help support Samaritans
Staff at a King’s Lynn school are asking the wider West Norfolk school community to “get moving” and raise money for the town’s Samaritans at the same time.
The wellbeing team at King Edward VII Academy (KES) hopes Samaritans volunteers can continue their vital work supporting people struggling to cope during the pandemic lockdown.
Staff, pupils and parents are being asked to move to support King’s Lynn Samaritans and raise £1,500.
People are being asked to walk, cycle, row or jog and make a donations which will go directly to the Lynn branch.
The idea is every kilometre covered should be matched with a pound donation.
The branch told the team its help would make a “huge difference”.
Samaritans volunteers have been recognised by the government as critical in supporting vulnerable people and in its plea for help, the branch said it was making every effort to ensure it was able to provide emotional support to anyone in crisis.
There has been a Samaritans branch in Lynn for more than 50 years. Like many charities during in these unprecedented times, fundraising events have been cancelled.
The charity said it faced a significant fundraising loss from having to call off this month’s Big Ride event.
A fundraising link is being set up for donations, but anyone wanting to use their exercise time to help the appeal can email Mr McNeil at Ross.McNeil@kesacademy.co.uk