On Monday 3 February, Gerald joined the charity Samaritans for an event in Parliament, to hear about its suicide prevention work, and hear some tips on how people can become better listeners.

When it’s cold and grey outside, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa and a good conversation can help to make us feel better and manage the ups and downs of life. That’s why Samaritans ran its ‘Brew Monday’ fundraising initiative for its fourth consecutive year this week, aiming to help people turn winter blues into brews.

Commenting, Gerald said:

“Human connection is so important in helping us look after our emotional wellbeing. When life feels a bit grey, we can all get a lift from connecting with others. In the cold winter months, any Monday can be a Brew Monday, and I want to thank Samaritans for all the work they do to support some of the most vulnerable in our society.


“It’s always good to remember that something as simple as getting together over a cuppa can combat loneliness and isolation and build friendships.”

Samaritans is encouraging supporters to come together over a cup of tea throughout February. Supporters can use the get-togethers to check on those who might be feeling lonely and also raise vital funds for the charity, which will in turn give people having a tough time somewhere to turn when they need to talk. A donation of as little as £5 can help Samaritans answer a call from someone struggling to cope.

To sign up for a free Brew Monday fundraising pack, visit https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/.

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