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18 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Samaritans joined forces with Albion for the Liverpool match.

Brighton & Hove Albion joined forces with Samaritans at Saturday’s game against Liverpool to pay tribute to the late fan Jill Howell, and the day was a resounding success for both the club and charity.

In Jill’s memory, Albion teamed up with the local branch of Samaritans to help spread the word about the charity’s listening services with visuals on screens around the stadium.

Volunteers were on hand to talk to fans, and the players supported the campaign too, with a specially made video promoting Samaritans’ SHUSH listening tips. 

One of those volunteers, Alison Pratt, who runs the Brighton and Hove branch of Samaritans, was interviewed pitchside at half time alongside branch trustee Lisa Rodrigues, and both explained that Jill would be thrilled to both the club and charity working so closely together. 

Lisa Rodrigues said, “We were overwhelmed by the response from supporters. They very much got the message, not just that we were remembering Jill and talking about Samaritans, but the importance of being there for one another and using the listening tips.

“We could not have done it without the help of the Albion. This is just the beginning of our relationship with the club, we will be there on Brew Monday (21st January) having tea with the staff and we are planning events with the team’s charity, Albion in the Community, going forward.”
Alison Pratt said, “We made contact with and spoke to many different people about Samaritans, and we could not have done that without the club. People were really receptive, and I am hoping we have started a relationship that we can continue. I like to think that Jill would be really happy about that.”
Albion chief executive Paul Barber added, “It was a great atmosphere at the game on Saturday, and the fans really responded to the Samaritans volunteers and hearing their tips on how to be a better listener. It was a great tribute to Jill Howell too. We look forward to more opportunities to work with Samaritans in the future.”

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