28 May 2015
Coventry’s professionals raised £4,000 for Coventry & District Samaritans, a sum that will enable the charity to operate its listening service for six weeks.
The region’s professional services experts donated £2,000 at Coventry & Warwickshire First FirstPro Awards, a sum then generously match funded by Barclays Bank.
“We’re very grateful for this incredibly generous donation,” said Roger Hughes, director of Coventry & District Samaritans. “Samaritans operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We are there for everyone, whether their distress is short lived or feels permanent, whether they feel there is no way out and whether they see the problems they face as large or small.
“It costs us £4.50 per hour to operate our service and so this donation will enable us to provide the support to people who need it for over six weeks. It makes a big difference.”
The FirstPro awards recognise the very best of the region’s professional talent. Each category winner contributed to the community outside the workplace, supported others, showed active commitment to the region and possessed the intangible x-factor. Maria Thomas, relationship manager at Barclays Bank plc was named overall winner.
Run by its members for its members Coventry & Warwickshire First is the only forum exclusively for professional and financial services firms in the region. Its members advise and support businesses from entrepreneurial start-ups to family firms and global organisations.
Coventry & District Samaritans marked 50 years of listening in 2014. Established in 1964 by thirteen volunteers and it today has over 100 volunteers.