Sutton and Cheam MP visits Surbiton Samaritans

Kingston Guardian: Care minister visits Samaritans Care minister visits Samaritans

The MP for Sutton and Cheam paid a visit to the Samaritans in aid of National Samaritan Awareness Day.

Care minister, Paul Burstow, praised the work of Samaritans when he visited their branch in Surbiton on Tuesday, July 24.

He said: “I was touched today to see how the hard work of Samaritans volunteers truly helps Sutton residents in desperate need of support.

“It is great to see members of the community coming together to perform this noble task in their spare time, and the visit has given me a genuine insight into the vital service they carry out.

“Charities like the Samaritans are fantastic and we must continue to support their work so that more and more local people get the emotional support they need in their darkest hour.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Burstow unveiled the Government’s new national framework to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Samaritans is a nationwide charity that relies on volunteers to talk to distressed callers on the 24 hour helpline.

The volunteers deal with cases that range from those wanting emotional support to callers on the verge of committing suicide.

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1:16pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Lukerow says...

What this article doesn't tell you is that each branch of Samaritans is individual funded.

Samaritans for this area is covered by Croydon and Sutton (not surbiton) so if you would like to donate to this worthy charity, please follow the link below.

https://mydonate.bt.
com/charities/thesam
aritansofcroydonands
utton

or

http://www.justgivin
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don/Donate

We prefer donations via BT as we get more of your money but also understand if you already have a justgiving account and find that the easier option.

Take care.
What this article doesn't tell you is that each branch of Samaritans is individual funded. Samaritans for this area is covered by Croydon and Sutton (not surbiton) so if you would like to donate to this worthy charity, please follow the link below. https://mydonate.bt. com/charities/thesam aritansofcroydonands utton or http://www.justgivin g.com/samatitanscroy don/Donate We prefer donations via BT as we get more of your money but also understand if you already have a justgiving account and find that the easier option. Take care. Lukerow

8:31pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Michael Pantlin says...

How did the Care Minister's visit help apart from providing another photo opportunity?
How did the Care Minister's visit help apart from providing another photo opportunity? Michael Pantlin

6:16am Mon 13 Aug 12

Vikki82 says...

Earlier in the week, Mr Burstow unveiled the Government’s new national framework to improve mental health and wellbeing.
This really amazes me seen as the council don't count Mental health as a disability at all and when rehoming homeless people in need totally discount any form of diagnosed mental health problems and most other disabilities at that!
Earlier in the week, Mr Burstow unveiled the Government’s new national framework to improve mental health and wellbeing. This really amazes me seen as the council don't count Mental health as a disability at all and when rehoming homeless people in need totally discount any form of diagnosed mental health problems and most other disabilities at that! Vikki82

9:48am Mon 13 Aug 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Sutton Mental Health? Belmont Neurosis Hospital long gone and demolished, Chiltern Wing Sutton Hospital mini replacement gone, community old Wallington Day Hospital transformed into Wallington Resource Centre gone, new patient designed smart Cheam Resource Centre gone, Sutton Hospital highly regarded Alzheimers unit gone, Oakleigh last council run highly regarded Alzheimers care home gone.
Well done that Care Minister. Samaritans should be worried to have been visited by the Dr, Beeching of mental health services?
Sutton Mental Health? Belmont Neurosis Hospital long gone and demolished, Chiltern Wing Sutton Hospital mini replacement gone, community old Wallington Day Hospital transformed into Wallington Resource Centre gone, new patient designed smart Cheam Resource Centre gone, Sutton Hospital highly regarded Alzheimers unit gone, Oakleigh last council run highly regarded Alzheimers care home gone. Well done that Care Minister. Samaritans should be worried to have been visited by the Dr, Beeching of mental health services? Michael Pantlin

10:44pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Margaret_Hale says...

Well done to the Sutton Guardian for lazily trotting out a press release from our hopeless and hypocritical LibDem MP.
Why not try some searching questions next time?
Well done to the Sutton Guardian for lazily trotting out a press release from our hopeless and hypocritical LibDem MP. Why not try some searching questions next time? Margaret_Hale

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