King’s Lynn Samaritans pledge Christmas help

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Volunteers from Lynn’s Samaritans group have pledged to be there to help people in distress this Christmas.

The group, which is based in Queen Street, is currently gearing up for the festive season, which officials say can make it even more difficult for people who are struggling to cope.

Group director Keith King said: “Someone, somewhere contacts Samaritans every six seconds.

“Problems don’t go away just because everything else has stopped for Christmas, and neither do we.

“It might be your first Christmas without your children because of a separation. Or you may be bereaved, or struggling with redundancy, debt, your health, relationships or family issues.

“It’s OK not to be having a good time, and you don’t have to put on a brave face for us. If you’re dreading the festive season, we’re here for you.

“If it’s too difficult to open up to friends or family, or you feel you have no one who will listen, talk to us. We’ll keep whatever you say between us, we won’t judge and we’ll help you find a way through.”

The group can be reached on freephone 116123 or by phoning 01553 761616. More information about the branch can be found online at www.samaritans.org.