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Celebrating the marathon stars: Sevenoaks Samaritans in the spotlight

At this year’s TCS London Marathon, Sevenoaks Samaritans volunteers have made an incredible effort to help raise money with their running shoes and support the amazing individuals racing.

Sevenoaks Samaritans listening volunteer Mark and his wife Emma ran the Marathon as two of the 500 runners raising funds for the Central Samaritans. They raised a huge figure of over £7,000, which puts them in the top 10 Samaritans fundraisers. They also hosted a charity curry night which raised an additional £600 for Sevenoaks Samaritans.

This is an amazing achievement (alongside completing the 26.2 miles!) and we want to applaud both Mark and Emma on their fantastic efforts!

Samaritans supporters shine!
Four of our volunteers, Elizabeth, Sue, Vicki, and Dave, traveled up to London to spend their day manning some of the 13 Emotional Support Gazebos and cheering stations dotted around the Marathon’s course.

Dave Hickson commented: “It was fantastic to be involved in such an uplifting event. We were there as part of the Central Samaritans Team to provide emotional support to those needing it, cheer the runners and generally spread the word about Samaritans. It was a great day volunteering and meeting with Samaritans from all over the country.”

There was also a very early start for many of their volunteers, who gave Marathon runners and their supporters a super send off on the Sunday Morning.

Park Run Personal Bests!
Thank you to all the volunteers for raising our profile at the Tonbridge Park Run the day before the Marathon. Here they are, pictured with Dame Kelly Holmes, a Samaritan’s Ambassador, enjoying those post-run endorphins!

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