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4:00 PM 13th January 2020

Share The Warmth This Winter With A Samaritans Brew

Leeds Samaritans is encouraging people in the city to beat the winter blues by getting together for a warming cuppa on Mondays over the long cold months for Brew Monday.

Brew Monday kicks off on Monday 20 January 2020, the third Monday in January which is typically known as ‘Blue Monday’ for being the most difficult day of the year. The charity is turning the blues into brews, by encouraging friends, family and work mates to have a chat over a brew with someone who may be feeling lonely and raise vital funds for Samaritans.

The UK’s much-loved tea brand PG Tips, is pledging its support to Brew Monday by asking the nation to come together and share a cuppa with someone who may be lonely. Samaritans volunteers will be providing free PG Tips teabags to commuters passing through train stations across the country on Monday 20 January. Samaritans will also support PG Tips on their new TV campaign, which will see the charity featured across national TV, Heart Radio and on Twitter and Facebook.

On Monday 20 January 2020, Samaritans volunteers from our Leeds branch will be at John Lewis café from 10 am to 2 pm, chatting to shoppers and handing out free PG Tips tea bags so they can enjoy a brew with someone and share the warmth.

Located on Clarendon Road, the Leeds Branch of Samaritans currently has 160 volunteers helping to answer some of the millions of calls for help that Samaritans responds to every year from people going through a difficult time. The volunteers also do substantial outreach work at railway and corporate locations throughout the year.

“During the cold and grey winter months, connecting with others over a cuppa can help weather the ups and downs of life. Anyone can hold a Brew Monday event at work, at home, wherever and whenever you like – all you need is a kettle and some mugs, and this could make a huge difference in someone’s life.”

The rail industry is also supporting with over 100 stations joining in Brew Monday, talking to commuters about the service and our SHUSH listening tips and handing out special Brew Monday tea bags.

To sign up to a free Brew Monday fundraising pack to make your party tea-riffic, visit https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/. You can join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not make a donation while you’re there, you could help save a life.
For further information, please contact, locally, Laura Huntington on 07706207944 or by email publicity@samaritansleeds.org.