Sarah Millican supports the Samaritans

By Rachael Grealish

Sarah Millican

SARAH Millican is set to show support to The Samaritans by fundraising on her new tour.

The South Shields comedian is doing performances of the show, Control Enthusiast, at 90 venues around the UK, this year, including a show at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, on Saturday February 3.

At the end of each performance there will be collection buckets for those wishing to make a donation to the charity.

Millican announced on social media: “I’m delighted to announce that the bucket collections at the end of this tour will be in aid of the Samaritans, who do such brilliant work.

“My audiences have been so bloody generous in previous years and I have no doubt we’ll raise a smashing amount of money for them.”

Special mention will be made of the Samaritans suicide prevention organisation at the performance.

A group of volunteers from the charity will be in attendance on the night to collect donations and publicise their work and their forthcoming volunteer training programme.

An information event for the training programme will take place on Sunday, February 25, at the Whitehaven Samaritans building (23 Church Street, Whitehaven), at 2pm.

The West Cumbria Samaritans was established 50 years ago and a dedicated team has continued to work with the community since then.

Alastair Sharp, publicity officer for West Cumbria Samaritans, said: “We are currently very short of volunteers and are hoping for renewed help in the coming months in order to keep the service going.

“Suicide deaths in the England & Wales have fallen since 2015. This has been attributed to the work of prevention organisations like the Samaritans.

“The publicity we get from supporters such as Sarah Millican raises knowledge about the risk factors that lead to suicide. This helps immensely in our prevention work.

“Three times as many men die from suicide than women. Suicide death for men aged between 25-49 is higher than deaths from illness, road accidents and assaults.

“Parents may worry about their sons being assaulted or falling ill with cancer, but the biggest threat is suicide. Silence and being unaware is the biggest risk. Silence is the biggest killer”

Sarah Millican’s show, Control enthusiast comes to Theatre by the Lake, on Saturday, February 3 and The West Cumbria Samaritans training programme information event takes place on Sunday, February 25, in Whitehaven.

  • For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org.