Local Samaritans celebrate 60 years of support

Anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them, can

Anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them, can call Samaritans on 08457 909090. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple branch marks diamond year with tea and cake.

THE North Devon and North Cornwall branch of the Samaritans has celebrated the charity’s 60th birthday.

Volunteers marked the diamond year with tea and cake at the Barnstaple office in Summerland Street.

The branch first opened in the town on October 23 1967 when the first director, the Reverend Fred Pennington, secured rented premises in Tuly Street.

The organisation quickly became part of the local community and in 1975 moved to its present address in Summerland Street.


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It is now one of the town’s biggest and oldest charities, with around 80 volunteers.

Last year, the branch answered 25,475 calls for help.

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Deborah Lawson, branch director, said: “Last year, a call to the service was made every six seconds, showing the need for us to continue to be there is greater than ever.

“People can contact us at any time of day or night. There are many ways to get in touch, including email and text, as well as by phone and visiting the branch to speak to a volunteer face to face.”

Anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them, can call Samaritans on 08457 909090.

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