front door friday

ASAP raises thousands for Samaritans and invites industry to get involved as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

During Mental Health Awareness Week (15th-21st May), Assured Sale and Progression (ASAP) wants to highlight its “Front Door Friday” campaign, helping those in need in challenging times.

Richard Megson, MD at ASAP, comments:

“Every year the property industry helps thousands of people complete their house sale or purchase, mostly taking place on a Friday. However, while for many, this may be a time of celebration, we should all spare a thought for those who aren’t having such a good day, hence we came up with Front Door Friday. We are committed to donating at least £1 for every completion we handle, and we also ask house movers if they would like to donate at the point of completion. It is lovely how many donate and leave supportive messages on our Just Giving page.”

This year, ASAP’s nominated charity is the Samaritans. To date, ASAP has helped raise over £22,000 for the Samaritans and the company is keen to reach its £30,000 target.

Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Its support services are available round the clock, providing a safe place for anyone anyone who’s struggling to cope, and who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. Funding is needed to support the costs to run its services and train volunteers. For example, £10 will cover the cost of two calls to its helpline, £96 could train and support an existing Samaritans volunteer for a whole year.

Richard adds:

“We want the industry to come together to help to ensure that every call is answered. With well over 1 million residential properties sold a year, imagine how much could be raised!”

For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Samaritans is using the theme of anxiety to highlight the power of talking, as well as sharing tips on steps to take for those who are struggling.

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