I’ve been a Samaritan at the Hastings and Rother Branch for about five years now. We rely on voluntary donations and small grants to keep our service going so, this year, I decided it was time to ‘dig deep’ with a big cycle ride. Being branch treasurer for the last few months has made me realise just how much our finances depend on donations. We need to raise £850 each month to continue our service so it has to be ‘all hands to the pump’ to keep our heads above water financially.

If you can help with a personal donation to the Samaritans Central Charity please go to my Virgin Money Giving site https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CyclingSussexShetland

Or if you prefer to donate to my branch, please use the PayPal button below.

Please support Hastings and Rother Samaritans

Your donation will help us to support two callers whose lives are in crisis.


Samaritans branches are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Part of the ride’s purpose is to persuade people to join the 20,000 Samaritan volunteers doing their best to support vulnerable people across the UK.

As for cycling, that’s been a life-long interest. As I no longer work full-time, there’s been the chance to spend a few more hours on the bike getting fit enough to tackle the occasional local 60km ‘sportive’ and endurance rides such as the 2018 London / Surrey 100.

Climbing in the rain (2)
Uphill in the rain on the London/Surrey 100, 2018.

Hopefully, the Sussex / Shetland challenge will help inspire others to get cycling and be part of this 1,600 mile journey across the UK. That’s why Samaritans and their friends are invited to join and enjoy the ride for a few miles while helping to raise funds for their own branch or our Samaritans Central Charity.

There are also opportunities for businesses to support the ride. So, please get in touch if you would like to be a Sussex / Shetland Business Partner or have a contact who may wish to be involved.

“…… the thing about cycling isn’t that it’s healthy, or environmentally friendly, or fast, or convenient, or politically correct. The thing about it is that it’s fun.”

Bella Bathurst, The Bicycle Book, 2011


Steve Johnson, November, 2018