July 17, 2012 9.00 am This story is over 136 months old

Lincoln Samaritans prepare for awareness day

Fundraising: A local charity will be doing a number of activities to raise money as part of a national campaign.

A Lincoln charity aimed at giving emotional support for struggling residents is busy planning a number activities as part of a 24:7 national awareness day.

On July 24, Lincoln Samaritains volunteers will be raising money on Lincoln High Street, and hosting an awareness stall in Sainsbury’s, off Tritton Road.

Additionally, on July 28, volunteers will also be helping customers pack their bags.

Most significantly, volunteer David Exley (64) is motorcycling around the UK and Ireland to raise public awareness of the charity, and will stop by the city.

He’ll travel over than 6,000 miles on his motorbike, visiting 201 Samaritans branches to highlight the charity’s vital 24-hour, seven days a week service.

He is expected to reach Lincoln Samaritans’ branch in Hungate at 9am on July 29.

David, who began biking on July 2, said: “My younger brother Tim took his own life 24 years ago and tragically in 2007 my son James also ended his life.

“I really hope my challenge will make more people aware of the support Samaritans offers.

“That way, some good can come out of what has been a very difficult time for me and my family.”

Kathryn Cook, Lincoln branch director, said: “Our awareness day, 24:7, is the ideal way to raise awareness of Samaritans and David’s challenge will really help to highlight this, not only in Lincoln and the surrounding districts but across the UK and Ireland.

“Samaritans is the only helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope.”

In the last year alone, Lincoln’s branch received 15,000 contact calls, and replied 445 emails and 1,919 text messages.

Lincoln’s branch covers Gainsborough, Louth, Sleaford and Newark, all the way to some coastal areas.

Residents can contact the branch 24 hours, seven days a week on 08457 90 90 90 or by email. Alternatively, you can drop into the centre at 17 Hungate.

Source: Lincoln Samaritans