Samaritan Sunday

Samaritans began in 1953 in London, founded by a vicar called Chad Varah.

Throughout his career Chad had offered counselling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people struggling to cope and possibly contemplating suicide.

In February 1954, Chad officially handed over the task of supporting the callers to the volunteers, and Samaritans as we know it today was born. Samaritans service today still operates on Chad’s guiding principles of confidential, non-judgmental support.

Our church warden Roger Simpson became a Samaritan two years ago. He came up with the idea to mark the date of the first voulunteers taking up their roles with a special service.

The service is on the 3rd of February 9:15 St. Luke's Church; 11:00 am St. Luke's Primary School. Please come and join us to celebrate this remarkable service which has offered help and support to so many people.

Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or email or go to to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face