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Samaritans in Spain has received a substantial donation thanks to the generosity of John Shearn’s friends and family who wanted to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues. Sadly John passed away last September having been unable to overcome his own internal struggles.

On 27 August, on what would have been John’s 29th birthday, his mum, Helen Adleigh together with Bizzles Bar and Amarilla Golf Course organised a charity day in his honour. As well as the golf, the day included a raffle and buffet and they managed to raise a staggering €3,097, of which €2,097 was donated to Samaritans in Spain. The remaining money was passed to Volver a Vivir; a local charity on the Island of Tenerife where John lived.

In thanking those involved, Helen had a very poignant message to share:

“Always be kind because you never know what an outward smile might be hiding”

Donna Williams, a Trustee for Samaritans in Spain said “it is thanks to the generosity of people like Helen Adleigh that we are able to continue to support those who are in need of someone to talk to.” If anyone else is interested in hosting an event in aid of Samaritans in Spain, they should contact

English speaking Samaritans in Spain FREEPHONE 900 525 100 can be contacted from anywhere in mainland Spain or the Islands. Volunteers are available to listen to anyone in emotional distress from 10am to 10pm every day. The charity is funded by kind donations from the public. It is easy to donate via the website using PayPal and also via

For more details and updates, follow Samaritans in Spain on Facebook.

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