The Amazon fulfilment centre in Swindon has made a £1,000 donation to a charity working with a local semi-professional football club to help make change that saves lives.
The Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
The charity provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide, every hour of every day of the year.
The charity’s Swindon-based branch also works with Swindon Supermarine FC to help promote connection and raise awareness of the charity - so people know they have somewhere to turn to when they need it most.
The donation from Amazon in Swindon will go towards increasing awareness of the Samaritans 24/7 listening service for anyone struggling to cope, as well as assisting with the provision of upgraded facilities.
David Tindal, General Manager at Amazon in Swindon, said: “We’re pleased to support a charity as vital to our community as Samaritans. We hope this donation lends its volunteers a helping hand to be there for those who need them.”
Sebastian Rotaru, an employee from Amazon in Swindon who nominated the charity for support, said: “Samaritans is so deserving of this donation. I am pleased that Amazon has chosen to support such a great charity.”
Susie Higgs, Volunteer Branch Director, from Swindon & District Samaritans, added: “Our thanks go to David and the Amazon team for this donation. Every 10 seconds, we respond to a call for help, so your support will help us give people time, undivided attention and empathy to help reduce feelings of distress and despair.”
Steve Moore, Swindon Supermarine FC President, added: “Our partnership with Swindon & District Samaritans is such an important part of our community activity and we are delighted to receive support from Amazon to help improve our facilities for the benefit of all.”
The donation to Samaritans was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK.
Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast, and delivering more than five million healthy breakfasts to families in England.