Running The Samarathon

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Every six seconds the Samaritans respond to a call for help. Someone is at the end of the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  If you’re feeling low, struggling to cope, they can help. No judgement, no pressure.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men. In the UK men are three times as likely to take their own life than women.  

Each day around 16 people take their own life in the UK and Ireland.

I have been, and people close to me have been affected my male suicide many times in recent years. My Dad tried to take his life when I was at University, if he had been successful he would have never walked me down the aisle on my wedding day.

Family members of friends, and even friends of friends have taken their life. All men, and on the outside they appear to have the world at their feet, so much to look forward to and a long life ahead of them.

The recent suicides of people in the public eye including Mike Thalassitis from Love Island, Chester Bennington from band Linkin Park and Prodigy singer Keith Flint have shocked and upset so many. Bringing to light the importance of positive mental health and talking about problems, issues, how we are feeling etc. Because suicide is a final solution to a temporary problem.

Even as I write this, during Mental Health Awareness Week the usual sound of the Jeremy Kyle show in the background isn’t on. The programme has been suspended due to the death of a male guest shortly after filming.

Whilst out jogging the other one day, I became overwhelmed with emotion about male suicide and I knew I wanted to do something.

And that’s when I found out about the Samaritans Samarathon which is a marathon across the 31 days in July. I have signed up and I plan to jog the 26.2 miles, mostly, if not all at the beach, to help raise money for the Samaritans.

But this is where I need your help;

I’m initially looking for 10 or so businesses who are willing to donate a small prize to my raffle. I will collate all of the prizes during June, and create a grand prize raffle. I will then encourage people, mainly through Instagram to donate, and for every £1 they donate they have 1 entry into the raffle.

So, if you are a business, small or large, and would like to donate. Please email me at

Or if you’re interested in buying a ticket. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook @sandandseagulls where I will share all the details

Remember Samaritans are there if you need them: Call 116 123. Call free, day or night, 365 days a year

2 Comments on “Running The Samarathon”

  1. Hi Zoe,
    You are such an inspiration that I have decided to join your team and donate a prize for your raffle
    You wonderful human

  2. Hi Zoe
    A friend’s son committed suicide aged 22 – it was so devastating for their family.
    I would love to donate something and also take part in the Samarathon
    Let me know what to do next.
    Love Cag x
    @cagrodwellglass on insta

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