Samaritans in Grantham to hold 40th anniversary tea party

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The Grantham branch of the Samaritans is holding a 40th anniversary tea party for founding and former members and current volunteers on Saturday, May 10.

Over 100 invitations have already been sent out to the party at Walton Girls’ High School, which will include a traditional afternoon tea, music, presentations and a slideshow featuring significant events and people involved with the Grantham branch over the past 40 years.

It will be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all that has been achieved by everyone involved both past and present.

The branch director said: “Samaritans is an amazing charity run by ordinary people with a bit of time to spare and a non-judgemental listening ear. We want to thank all our wonderful volunteers for all they do and for being there for others.”

Any former member who has not received an invitation is invited to attend. For more information, email or call 07777 698799.

Nationally Samaritans celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. It is the leading national helpline for confidential and emotional support and is available 24 hours a day to anyone in emotional distress. People do not have to be actively suicidal to call Samaritans.

The service is offered by over 18,000 trained volunteers working from 201 branches throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. It can now be reached by phone, e mail, text and letter as well as face-to-face at some of our branches, in prisons, schools, workplaces, festivals and other areas in local communities.

Samaritans is entirely dependent on voluntary support and donations.

The Grantham branch is currently supported by a dedicated, friendly team of 40 volunteers. It is available to give talks about its work to any organisations which request it.

It is also keen to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering, or individuals and organisations that may be able to offer help with donations or fund-raising. Please ring 07504 913360.