Samaritans call for public help in raising £18,000

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A CHARITY which helps vulnerable people is appealing to the public to help boost its funds as part of a national drive on Sunday.

Each year volunteers at the Hastings and Rother branch of the Samaritans have to raise £18,000 to cover running costs.

Sunday is Samaritans National Awareness and Fundraising Day, and has been chosen to mark the 24/7 service provided by numerous volunteers around the country.

So now volunteers at Hastings and Rother Samaritans have launched their own fundraising initiative to boost funds and achieve their target.

People can raise £24 in whatever way they want, such as arranging a barbecue and asking for donations, selling cakes, or organising another fundraising event.

Volunteers at the Samaritans are trained to listen in an open and non-judgemental way and encourage people to talk about their feelings.

Last year 22,000 calls were taken by the Hastings and Rother branch at its St Andrews Square base, 555 people sent emails and 150 visited for face-to-face support.

If anyone can help they should either write to: Fundraising, Hastings and Rother Samaritans, 26 St Andrews Square, Hastings, TN34 1SR, email: h_r_sams@hotmail.co.uk, or download a form from www.hastingsandrothersamaritans.co.uk.