The North Devon and North Cornwall Samaritans have been offering emotional support to anyone in a crisis for over 50 years, with the very first call taken in January 1967
They are based in Barnstaple and their dedicated volunteers come from the catchment area that stretches from Camelford in North Cornwall to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, with nearly 65 local people providing their valuable time and expertise.
They work tirelessly to provide emotional support and a listening ear together with responding carefully to email messages. In addition they keep the branch running with many duties ranging from fundraising, admin, support, training, outreach, etc.
During 2020 the volunteers were able to support contacts from 15072 people made up of
- 12855 telephone calls
- 2209 emails
- 8 visits to the branch
Rob Leighfield says:
We have had this lovely hamper donated by chocolate maker, Patricia Roberts, to raise funds for our North Devon and North Cornwall branch. It includes champagne and would normally retail at over £100.
With Covid increasing at the moment, we do not want to handle cash and raffle tickets and we can’t really get out and about so we have joined a company that does raffles by text for charities. Once the raffle is over it randomly selects a winner from all the people that have entered.
To purchase a raffle ticket which are £5 each all you need to do is text the word
SAMS to the number 70215
You will then get a reply asking how many tickets you want to buy just reply one if you want to buy one ticket and then you will get charged £5 and be entered. The raffle will end on the 22/12 and if you’ve won we’ll be in touch.
We need to fund raise locally to keep the branch open which costs £26k every year so please consider texting and buying a ticket.
Good luck to everyone – I can’t believe we are in December already.
Please can you like and share the post and ideally buy a ticket(s)
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