Romford station staff help raise hundreds of pounds for Samaritans

PUBLISHED: 16:24 21 December 2017

Volunteers from the Samaritans Daniel, Steve, Ann and Lorraine cycling to raise money for the charity

Volunteers from the Samaritans Daniel, Steve, Ann and Lorraine cycling to raise money for the charity


Rail workers and commuters teamed up at a station to give Samaritans a huge Christmas fundraising boost with a sponsored cycle.

Teams of staff cycling on exercise bikes took turns to try to reach 247 miles in 12 hours, to match the 24/7 opening hours of Samaritans branches.

Teams came from MTR Crossrail, Transport for London, Land Sheriffs and Network Rail took to the saddle, and were boosted by support and donations from hundreds of commuters throughout the day.

The annual event, staged with the help of Fitness First who provided the cycle equipment, has become a key part of Havering Samaritans’ public awareness programme.

Around £1,000 was raised for the cause.

Samaritans director Tricia Freel said: “Everybody gives so generously of their time and cash that it makes it worthwhile. It is more crucial than ever to be open 24/7 over the Christmas period, when people need support if they don’t have friends and family nearby.”

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