24 year old, legal secretary, Sarah Fergusson from Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway is braving new heights and jumping at the chance to do a skydive on 24th July 2021 in Lancaster to help raise money for the charity The Samaritans.
Sarah told DGWGO “The past year or so, has been hard for everyone on so many levels. Mental health awareness has never been at the forefront like it is right now and it’s important to ensure people know it’s okay not to be okay, and that there’s help there. ‘Why didn’t you say something?’ Or ‘you’re silly for bottling it up’ are meant in the best way, but have you ever felt so low, that you wondered if anyone would notice if you were gone? Picturing your loved ones living their lives without you. I hope you haven’t but many people have and do. Talking about it isn’t always easy. But with the Samaritans, there’s someone there to listen. To not judge. You can tell them without worrying about feeling foolish the morning after. So many people have reached out to them when they are feeling overwhelmed with daily life and especially now when life is slowly going back to normal after spending a year indoors and away from everyone, it can be very daunting to snap back to how things were.”
Sarah also said “Like many people, I to have used the services the Samaritans offer because mental health affects everyone in so many different ways and it’s absolutely fine to ask for help when you feel like you are struggling. Sometimes just saying how you feel out loud can be enough to put your overthinking mind at ease, to make you put things into perspective and to just generally take a weight off your mind. Reaching out for help to people you know is never easy but speaking to someone who is trained and there for that reason is sometimes a little bit more easier. Which is why I am fundraising for them for the 3rd year running.
They are such an amazing charity that are providing support for people who really just need someone to talk to. The Samaritans can literally change people’s lives, a simple £5 is enough to cover the costs for a handler to potentially save someone’s life. They are always there 24/7 365 days a year.
Skydiving has been something I have always wanted to do and the past couple of years I have only done walks and the likes so this year I wanted to go one step further and tick something off my bucket list while at the same time helping this wonderful charity.
I have reached my target of £400 and I am hoping to make even more this year to help towards Samaritans keeping their amazing services going to help anyone who needs someone to talk to.
So please, if you can, help me fundraise which will help them so much. And in return I’ll chuck myself out of a plane. Safely of course. And remember, asking for help and speaking to someone about how you feel may seem like the last thing you want to do or daunting, but it is so worth it, you’re not alone.”
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If You need to speak to somebody, you can call The Samaritans on 116 123 Call’s are free, day or night, 365 days a year