Leon Doyle launches a Feel Good Friday

The former particiapant of BBC One’s The Apprentice has launched Feel Good Friday part of the Samaritans’ fundraising drive.

The former particiapant of BBC One’s The Apprentice has launched Feel Good Friday part of the Samaritans’ fundraising drive.

Doyle is asking businesses to get behind the Samaritans’ new workplace fundraising day which is sponsored by healthcare provider Simplyhealth. Feel Good Friday aims to recruit people to take part in ‘feel-good’ themed fundraisers and challenges at their place of work, in return for a donation to Samaritans.

Former Apprentice contestant, Leon Doyle, founder of The Master Menu, is encouraging businesses to get behind Samaritans’ campaign. He said: “January is always a tough month for both employers and employees suffering from post-Christmas blues and struggling to keep to New Year’s Resolutions. Fundraising is a great way of boosting staff morale and bringing a business together for a fantastic cause. Planning and organising activity to support Feel Good Friday is a great opportunity for the business community to come together and raise some money for Samaritans to continue their dedicated work.”

Employees are being encouraged to organise activities such as coming to work in slippers, playing ‘feel good’ songs, or hosting lunchtime Zumba and aerobics classes, all in the name of charity.

Samaritans’ Head of Fundraising, Chris Jarrett said: “It’s so important that as many employers and employees as possible get involved in Feel Good Friday. Over the Christmas period, Samaritans answered more than 193,000 calls from people struggling to cope, and funds raised through Feel Good Friday will help us answer more calls from people with nowhere else to turn.”

Feel Good Friday is taking place on Friday 3 February 2012 and companies can register to take part and download a fundraising pack by visiting www.feelgoodfriday.org