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Local Samaritans are here for you and appeal for your support

Following the Government’s confirmation that Samaritans volunteers are critical to supporting vulnerable people, the local branch is making every effort to ensure that its volunteers are able to provide emotional support to anyone in crisis.

Volunteers who are able to carry out shifts at Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts Samaritans are following strict guidelines on hygiene standards and social distancing. The situation is continually monitored to ensure that volunteer safety is prioritised. The support is currently available through free phone 116123 or email only, as for the time being the Bracknell-based branch cannot accept visitors.

Branch director Chris Lindsay said: “For more than 45 years, our branch has provided a listening ear to anyone who needs support, which has been possible through the public’s kind donations.

Read more: Local Samaritans Are Here for You & Appeal for Your Support


’You may say we are dreamers, but we’re not the only ones ;        We hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one’’

In 2012 well-known ascot man, Alan Carr, was made the guardian of John Lennon's famous Sgt Pepper’s Gypsy Caravan by a philanthropic client for charitable purposes. The client was moving from a house he had bought from Ringo Starr, who had left the broken remains of the Caravan in his garden! It is of great value, in monetary terms, in its iconic status in Rock & Roll history but, more importantly, in the message of Love & Peace encapsulated by John in his lyrics to Imagine - Alan's favourite record of all time.

Read more: Peacing Together | Restoration of John Lennon's Sgt Peppers Caravan

Thames Hospice  


Charity’s front line staff continue to care for families in crisis

Thames Hospice has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to help fund the significant increase in demand of its community and inpatient services during the coronavirus pandemic.  However, with its shops closed and many fundraising activities on hold for the foreseeable future, the Hospice is set to lose over £1million of income over the next few months.

Right now, the Hospice is currently supporting local NHS Trusts by caring for vulnerable Covid-19 patients on its Inpatient Unit in Windsor. These people were in hospital but are now in need of the end-of-life care that only a Hospice can provide. The doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to make patients as comfortable as possible and that families can be with their loved one when they are seriously ill until the very last moment.


Today Thames Hospice is asking its community to support the appeal and help raise the additional funds for the extra equipment that it desperately needs to safely care for patients in the face of this crisis.