Students have raised hundreds for the Ealing Samaritans as part of their commitment to serve the local community.
Sixth formers at St Benedict’s School in Eaton Rise have made £590.44 for the charity by selling green rubber bands with the Samaritans’ contact details and by having a silent collection (notes only).
This followed an assembly given by the Ealing branch of the Samaritans at the end of last term which offered staff and pupils the chance to learn about the services provided by the Samaritans and how the organisation could support them if they needed to talk through any concerns, worries or troubles.
Miss Dunlea, deputy director of sixth form, said: “Whilst the school provides outstanding pastoral care, we are ever mindful of the array of pressures young adults face today and the need to provide them with as many avenues as possible to address those.”
Student Phelim Kavanagh said: “Many of us weren’t aware the Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and that a volunteer will always answer every call.”
Ferdinand Gakpetor added: “Not everyone finds this time of year easy. You may feel all alone in the world, full of thoughts, yet you can call, email or text them.”
A spokesperson for the Ealing Samaritans said they were delighted at the sum raised and looked forward to developing future supportive links with the school.