January 9, 2019 11.03 am This story is over 32 months old

Beat Blue Monday with a free brew

A local mental health charity is holding a pop up stall in Lincoln

A mental health charity is encouraging Lincoln to beat Blue Monday by getting together for a free cup of tea.

Samaritans volunteers will be at Lincoln Central railway station from 8am to 1pm on January 21 handing out free tea bags and chatting to commuters.

Dubbed ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the charity is turning the third Monday in January on its head to banish the blues.

People visiting the pop up stall can also take donations to help fund the local mental health service.

Volunteers will be at the railway station ready for a chat. Photo: Samaritans

The Lincoln branch currently has 54 volunteers which answer some of the five million calls for help that Samaritans get every year.

Any funds raised will also go to help the listening service at HMP Lincoln to help prisoners in emotional distress.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the rail delivery group, said: “We’re proud to be welcoming Samaritans volunteers in our stations to give people a boost on one of the most difficult days of the year.

“The railway wants to support and strengthen communities and bringing people together over a cuppa is a great way to combat isolation and loneliness.”

Find out how you can get involved with Brew Monday on the Samaritans website.

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