Next week marks the beginning of Samarathon, an annual fundraising and awareness campaign from Samaritans. Every year during the month of July, Samaritans encourage people to walk, jog or run the equivalent of a marathon in the 31 days of July. The aim is to raise funds for the critical emotional support the charity provides.  

A group of employees from the 848 Group are taking on this fundraising challenge and completing the 26.2 miles wherever and whenever they like. Samarathon is a great fundraising challenge as it fits around your life. You can take part however you like, and Samaritans encourage everyone to get creative and adapt the challenge to suit your own needs.

Here’s what the challenge means to some of our team who are taking part:

Holly Bagwell – “During July I will be walking, jogging and running the length of a marathon. (Let’s be honest, I’ll be walking!) Those who know me, know I am disabled and that this is not something I can easily do, but I am determined to complete this and raise as much money as I can in the process.

This is a cause close to my heart, and anything that can be done to prevent suicides and help people get into a better state of mind and wellbeing, is extremely important. Please sponsor me and donate to this great cause.”

Kay Daskalakis – “This July I am taking on Samarathon to help save lives and prevent suicide. Whether you donate £5 or £500, your donation means a lot to me and could answer the call for help that saves someone’s life.”

You can support Holly and Kay and the wider team from 848 taking on this challenge here.


Here are some great reasons why you should get involved

  • Free t-shirt with every entry
  • No set fundraising goal
  • Raise £150 to qualify for a Samaritans pin badge
  • Do it as a lunch time walk, training jog or with family or friends
  • Complete your miles however you want
  • Help boost mental well being
  • Help Samaritans save lives and prevent suicide

If you would like to get involved, there is still time, sign up here.


Samaritans is our chosen national charity for the year

Our national charity of the year, Samaritans is a suicide prevention and mental health charity that provides emotional support to those struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.

Samaritans responds to around 10,000 calls a day. The charity is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing a valuable service that saves lives. 848 is passionate about supporting good mental health and we are proud to support this cause.