The vital support work taken on by the team of listeners at the Lynn branch of the Samaritans is funded by a group of six who do all they can “to keep the branch alive”.
Chris Livesey, one of the Friends of Lynn Samaritans, said: “We’re the other side of the coin, we try to help keep the important work going by fundraising. We don’t listen, we just get organise events.
“I couldn’t be a listener but it is fulfilling to contribute in this way to keep the branch alive. We depend on the generosity of people out there to help keep our branch going.”
The team work together to raise the funds needed to provide the listeners with a set of tools needed to put them in contact with those who need them the most.
Mr Livesey said: “This is an old building that needs maintenance, we also need to fund training, phones, computers, internet - you can’t have people standing out in the cold with mobile phones.”
The group hold a Fundraising Bike Ride at Sandringham each May, which raises around a third of the money needed to run the service each year. Last year, 110 riders took part and raised £500 by completing the 14 mile course, but this year the Friends hope to reach out to youngers riders and families with the introduction of a shorter eight mile course.
For those who would like to be involved in the charity in other ways, Ttere are opportunities for volunteers to get involved without listening, by offering IT support, administration or recruitment services.
For more information about signing up for the bike ride, or how to get involved with fundraising, contact Chris on 07734 926081.