An annual event held by Samaritans on 21st January to promote their “Brew Monday” initiative and encourage local people to reach out to anyone who might be lonely was attended by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

In what’s now an annual fixture for the charity, Samaritans turned ‘Blue Monday’ – often described in the media as ‘the most difficult day of the year’ – on its head by renaming it ‘Brew Monday’ and celebrating that great tradition of getting together for a cup of tea.

Loneliness is a huge problem in the UK – nearly 1 in 5 people say they are always or often lonely. With over 100,000 people living in Chesterfield alone, many thousands of local Cestrefeldians will most likely be experiencing loneliness.

Toby said “Brew Monday is asking people to do something really simple and practical to help others: take time for a cuppa and a chat with anyone who may be going through a tough time.”

“I’m delighted to support Samaritans in this initiative. Let’s make 2019 the year when we all take just a little more time to think about how we can reach out to people who might be struggling in Chesterfield.”

25 MPs, including Toby, joined Samaritans in the House of Commons to support the idea of connecting people and creating a domino effect to reduce loneliness, one of the main reasons people contact Samaritans.

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