Turn Tamworth Castle Green!

Turn Tamworth Castle Green!


Posted 2023-12-05 by Tony Collinsfollow

Fri 22 Dec 2023

Longest Night Campaign

People in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire are being reminded that they are not alone during their darkest hours this Christmas and New Year as part of a new campaign . Tamworth Borough Council has partnered with the Samaritans charity to illuminate Tamworth Castle green on Friday 22 December - the longest night of the year. By working with Samaritans and lighting the medieval castle, the aim is to remind local residents, and anyone in need, that the charity will be there for them, with its support line open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to join in by showing a green light in their window and posting photos on social media.

Councillor Martin Summers, Tamworth Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Community Partnerships, said: “This time of year can be challenging for many people and the festive season can often magnify issues. This year, with households facing additional cost of living pressures, it may be especially hard for more people than ever to face Christmas. We’re extremely grateful for the vital work of Samaritans volunteers who are there around-the-clock to make sure people who are struggling always have someone to turn to."

Support historic Tamworth Castle in going green

Councillor Summers added: “Illuminating the longest night is a simple way of showing people that they have someone to talk to if they’re feeling lonely or upset over Christmas. No person should struggle alone, whatever difficulties they’re facing. Help and support is available.

People who want to join the event by shining a green light in their window and displaying a poster on the longest night can find out more by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/longestnight

Anyone who is feeling lonely or facing difficulties can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even from a mobile without credit. The number will not show up on their phone bill.

Medieval castle at the heart of ancient Mercia

Tamworth Borough Council have a grant agreement with Tamworth Samaritans for £5,000 per year, for the sustainability of the Tamworth branch. The grant period is for two years, expiring on 31 March 2024, with an option to extend for a further one-year period subject to approval.


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