by RACHEL BEVERLEY
ONE of the UK’s leading charities the Samaritans has joined Chester’s Rhino Mania with their very own rhino called Empathy.
The rhino has been designed by top artist Mish Mash who came up with the name and design as Empathy stands for the ability to understand and to share other people’s feelings, the purpose behind the Samaritans.
The rhino is sponsored by the Duke of Westminster on behalf of the Samaritans in Chester.
The rhino is one of 62 situated around Chester and Empathy is stationed at the Chester Grosvenor Garden Centre in Wrexham Road.
This will be the rhino’s home during the ten weeks the rhino hunt is taking place, before being sold off to auction, to raise funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
The rhino has been designed using the signature colour of the Samaritans, green. The design of the telephone is to associate with the charity who provide a confidential, emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.
Molly McBride from the Samaritans said: “We are delighted with the rhino Empathy and the opportunity the Grosvenor Garden Centre has given us, allowing us to spend time up there, doing a collection, raising the profile of the Samaritans and getting to meet the public face to face, letting them know what we do.”
“The rhino has helped us raise funds which we are in desperate need for. Since the recession we have been inundated with calls through this difficult time and have now opened a text service which has caused our expenses to go up so we are very grateful to the Garden Centre.”
The service is available twenty-four hours a day for anyone who is experiencing feelings of distress or despair and any feelings that may lead to suicide. It is operated by seventeen thousand volunteers who work throughout branches within the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Samaritans at Chris, PO BOX 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SF.