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David Matthews

David Matthews

The Listening Walk


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

My story [p]Thank you for finding my charity page.[/p][p]I may have bumped into you somewhere, you may have seen me striding along the road or you’ve heard about The Listening Walk somewhere else. However you’ve arrived, you’re welcome.[/p][p]I’ve been a Samaritan for over 12 years and have witnessed first hand what a wonderful impact offering a listening ear has. After years of umm-ing and ah-ing I decided that if I wanted to tell people about this wonderful charity I needed to get out there. The idea of The Listening Walk was sown and after 5 years of excuses I finally set off on April 14th 2019 and after visiting all 201 branches of Samaritans and covering over 6000 miles on foot, I had hoped to finish in the early months of 2021.[/p][p]Fast forward to the early months of 2021 and our world had totally changed. Instead of calling it a day at the 3,300 miles I had covered, I realised that now, more than ever, there was a need to get back out there and let people know that The Samaritans are still there for them and that through all their emotional turmoil and suicidal thoughts there will always be someone willing to listen.[/p][p][br][/p][p]If you can donate please do. This is what donations to The Samaritans can pay for[/p][p]£5 will allow us to respond to someone struggling to cope.[/p][p]It takes £46 to train and support an existing volunteer for a year.[/p][p]£189 will pay for a day of providing emotional health classes in schools.[/p][p]£200 can pay for Samaritans to recruit, train and support a new volunteer to give them the skills they need.[/p][p]£334 will pay for one Samaritans branch to remain open for a day.[/p][p]Your donation will change people's lives...thank you.[/p]

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Apr 10, 2021


I stopped to speak to you in Bashley! Good luck for the rest of your walk, you’re going an incredible thing.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 8, 2021

Ed and Kate - the two cyclists

Hi David, We met you whilst we were cycling through Poxwell, near Weymouth today. What an amazing challenge for a great cause. Very best of luck to you, you are doing brilliantly.


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 8, 2021

Liz and Vin

Saw you on the A352 near Lulworth earlier today and you gave us a lovely smile and wave. Mental health is a cause close to our hearts. Good luck with however many miles you have left.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2021

Rose and Natalie

Lovely to meet you as you were on your way to Swyre on Tuesday. Well done on raising awareness for The Samaritans together with funds. Good luck for the rest of your journey.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2021

Beverly Dennis

Lovely to walk & talk with you this morning. You are a great inspiration & ambassador for The Samaritans. Donation in celebration of your Special Birthday next week!


plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2021


Great to meet you in Charmouth yesteday . What an adventure for a fantastic and extremely important charity. Good luck with the rest of the walk!


Apr 6, 2021

Sam and Bertie

Well done David, it was great to meet you today 🙂


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 6, 2021


I met you at Maidencombe when I was on my bike. Congratulations on a very tough walk


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2021

Sally Bruce

Apr 5, 2021


Good to see you've been able to get back on the road again David. Early Birthday donation as can add gift aid if I donate today!


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

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