A fine fundraising cruise to France!
In early April, 21 Samaritans, friends and family from Bury St Edmunds set sail aboard Braemar bound for northern France for their second fundraising cruise, writes organiser Viv Bewley.
‘Embarking at Southampton was swift and efficient, something we’ve got used to when travelling with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. Braemar, we found, was the perfect size, large enough to cope wit
h the Bay of Biscay yet small enough to navigate the French Rivers. First call on our eight-night cruise was Rouen, where, on a walking tour, the tales of Joan of Arc were uncovered. We sailed down the Seine River passing French countryside speckled with pretty houses and it was a joy to be on deck.
The excitement grew as we docked in the heart of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and we also visited vineyards. The maritime town of Lorient, rebuilt after World War Two, was our last port of call. On our return journey, Julie and Rita, part of our Samaritan ‘Talks Team’, took to the stage one afternoon to explain to other passengers just a little about Samaritan volunteers – all ordinary people, doing extraordinary work, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each Samaritan branch is self funding – and our branch took over 35,000 calls last year, plus emails and text messages.
With the help of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines not only did we have a fantastic holiday, monies generated by this cruise has funded our branch for a whole month! It’s most definitely a ‘win win’ and I’m now arranging a third Samaritan Fundraising Cruise to Iceland in 2019.’