Published Monday 18th November 2019
Over the years, Expense Reduction Analysts has been involved with a variety of charities around the world. Not just as an organisation, but the individuals within our business too, many of whom have close connections to charitable organisations through personal experiences. We often speak of being in the “human to human” business, but to us this goes beyond corporate activities and includes supporting charities, to help give back to the communities that the people within our business are part of.
As the next decade approaches, we take great pride in announcing our chosen charity for 2020 is Samaritans.
Samaritans is a unique charity, dedicated to reducing deaths by suicide. Every 6 seconds, Samaritans respond to a call for help. They are there for anyone struggling to cope, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In 2018, deaths by suicide in the UK increased for the first time in five years.
In pursuit of raising mental health awareness and aiding the prevention of suicide, Expense Reduction Analysts has committed all its annual fundraising efforts to help support the charity, with the aim of raising £20,000. This figure could keep the Samaritans helpline open for 100 hours which equates to answering 56,000 calls.
Alice Firbank, Corporate Partnerships Executive from Samaritans said: “We were delighted to learn that Expense Reduction Analysts has chosen Samaritans as their Charity of the Year for 2020. Samaritans is the only charity that offers emotional support to anyone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for free. We are only able to do this through our amazing volunteers who work in 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland, and the support of Expense Reduction Analysts presents a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness to help us continue this vital work.”
Paul Lewis, UK Country Director at Expense Reduction Analysts added: “At a time where mental health issues are becoming more concerning, we think it is important to join the movement and support a charity that is part of the solution. At ERA, the mental well-being of our network and staff is one of our main priorities and I believe the partnership will be beneficial to us and the Samaritans. Together, we can help erase the stigma surrounding mental health, make a genuine difference and ensure those in need get the best possible support”.
Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch, where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face. Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support us or volunteer with us.