Portsmouth Samaritans

As part of Samaritans’ annual awareness day 24:7, volunteers from Portsmouth are preparing for the arrival of David Exley, a Samaritans volunteer, who is motorcycling around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity.

Covering more than 6,000 miles on his motorbike, David will visit each of the 201 Samaritans branches, highlighting the charity’s vital 24-hour service. Sixty four-year-old David is also completing the ride in memory of his brother Tim, and son James who both sadly died by suicide.

David Exley, 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 that my challenge will mean that more people will be 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. I am a bit nervous but am really looking forward to meeting my fellow Samaritans and celebrating the charity’s awareness day, 24:7 with them.”

Arriving at the Portsmouth branch, 296 London Road on Monday July 16th at 1pm, David will be welcomed by the Lord Mayor and volunteers from the branch. There will also be local bikers riding with him and the branch would like to invite members of the public to come and welcome him to Portsmouth. If you are interested then you can find out more information by emailing jenniferkford@hotmail.co.uk.

Chris Trevellick, Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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.”

To donate to David’s quest to raise £10,000 for Samaritans visit – www.virginmoneygiving.com.

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