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Taunton and Somerset Samaritans step out to showcase their work

A dedicated group of volunteers from the Samaritans of Taunton and Somerset lent their support to the runners participating in the iconic London Marathon. Instead of merely cheering from the sidelines, these Samaritans decided to make their presence felt by participating in the Taunton Parkrun, a local event that coincided with the marathon, to raise awareness for their cause.

The London Marathon, renowned for its challenging course and charitable contributions, had the Samaritans as its main charity this year. This spotlight provided an opportunity for the Samaritans of Taunton and Somerset to showcase their vital services and the incredible work they do within the community.

With their commitment to providing a 24-hour telephone listening service and various outreach projects, including in-person listening services at the Taunton Library, Taunton Food Bank, and the Sedgmoor Market, the Samaritans play a crucial role in supporting those in need of emotional assistance.

Their participation in the Taunton Park Run not only raised awareness for their cause but also highlighted the importance of mental health support, especially in times of distress.

The volunteers collectively covered the distance of a marathon during the Park Run. They also engaged with participants and spectators, spreading awareness about the Samaritans’ services and encouraging open conversations about mental health.

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