Share the warm this winter with a Samaritans brew

By Tyler Ody - 22 January 2020


Swindon & District Samaritans is encouraging people to beat the winter blues by getting together for a warming cuppa on Mondays over the long cold months for Brew Monday.

Brew Monday kicks off on Monday 20 January 2020, the third Monday in January which is typically known as ‘Blue Monday’ for being the most difficult day of the year.

The charity is turning the blues into brews, by encouraging friends, family and work mates to have a chat over a brew with someone who may be feeling lonely and to raise vital funds for Samaritans.

The UK’s much-loved tea brand PG Tips, is pledging its support to Brew Monday by asking the nation to come together and share a cuppa with someone who may be lonely.

Samaritans will also support PG Tips on their new TV campaign, which will see the charity featured across national TV, Heart Radio and on Twitter and Facebook.

In Swindon you can support Swindon & District Samaritans by popping along to Baristocats in Commercial Road, Coffee No 1 in Canal Walk or The Olive Tree in Manor Garden Centre for a warming brew … and they will also be handing out free PG Tips tea bags so you can enjoy a brew with someone and share the warmth.

The Olive Tree will also be making tasty tea loaves and will be selling them by the slice for a donation for  Samaritans.

Located on Curtis Street, the Swindon & District branch of Samaritans currently has over 80 listening Volunteers helping to answer some of the millions of calls for help that Samaritansresponds to every year from people going through a difficult time. Swindon & District Samaritans also provides other support within the community through outreach work, including at Erlestoke Prison and local schools.

Darren Tee, volunteer director at Swindon & District Samaritans says: “During the cold and grey winter months, connecting with others over a cuppa can help weather the ups and downs of life. Anyone can hold a Brew Monday event at work, at home, wherever and whenever you like – all you need is a kettle and some mugs, and this could make a huge difference in someone’s life.” To sign up to a free Brew Monday fundraising pack to make your party tea-riffic, visit:

Alternatively if you’re going to pop the kettle on and would like some special PG Tips tea bags for your warming
brew – please get in touch either by email:  or by phone: 01793512490.

You can also join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not make a donation while you’re there, you could help save a life: 

Thank you for helping to make Brew Monday a warm and welcoming day to remember, particularly for anyone who is feeling lonely or down.
For further information, please contact either volunteer branch director Darren Tee or
volunteer publicity officer Maggie Gill on 01793 512490

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