Samaritans set for anniversary ball


A Cornwall-wide charity has received overwhelming support for a key event which will take place this month.

The Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro is holding its 50th anniversary ball and charity auction on Saturday November 11 at the Eden Project, to raise funds for its life-saving and life-changing services.

In answer to its appeal for experiences to make its Grand Charity Auction a success on the night, businesses have come forward with prizes and support that the charity hopes will help raise significant funds.

Prizes include: dinner, bed and breakfast at the Seafood Restaurant, thanks to Rick Steins; a £200 voucher thanks to St Austell Brewery; a week’s stay in a beautiful retreat in Rock thanks to Porthilly Shellfish; a ride in a Bentley with a cream tea picnic for two thanks to Kallis Solicitors; one-night stay with dinner for two thanks to Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate; a Cyanotype Workshop experience thanks to Josie Purcell Photography; a forest school birthday party for children or a forest team day for adults thanks to Naturally Learning; a gift voucher thanks to Cornish Spliced; a session with Cornish Wave Surf School; season entry for 2 to Tremenheere Sculpture Garden; a family voucher for Helston Railway; and a painting from John Dane.

The event anticipates over 200 guests which include charity patrons, Rick and Sara Stein; the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Hugh Nelson; Cllr. Sam Rabey, Deputy Mayor of Truro; and Tim Owen of ‘3 Dads Walking’.

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne thanks to LVMH in conjunction with the Rick Stein Group, and table magic throughout the evening thanks to magician and illusionist Roger Lapin; the event has also received support from a range of other local businesses including Vospers, Abbotts Event Hire and Eventy Marketing & PR.

Sue Wilkins, director of Cornwall Samaritans, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses who have offered prizes and assistance with this special event. Cornwall Samaritans has helped adults and children across the Duchy for over half a century.  2019 saw the charity’s 50 anniversary but restrictions during the COVID pandemic meant we could not celebrate the occasion.

“With 2023 marking 75 years of the UK charity Samaritans, we are marking this milestone and celebrating the achievements of our hundreds of volunteers locally. We are extremely grateful to all the businesses that are heping us in doing this – ensuring our volunteers and supporters understand how important they are, whilst also raising much needed funds.”

If you would like to make an auction offer on any of the lots, or purchase tickets to attend, please contact Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro on; for more information visit