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Coronavirus: King's Lynn charity launches emergency appeal for donations



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A Lynn-based charity which provides emotional support to vulnerable people is appealing for donations to help ensure its volunteers can continue offering its service during the coronavirus pandemic.

King's Lynn Samaritans said following the Government's confirmation that Samaritans volunteers are critical to supporting vulnerable people, the charity is making every effort to ensure that they are able to help anyone in crisis.

They said the emergency appeal has been launched as they need the public's continued support "now more than ever", particularly as upcoming fundraising events, including The Big Ride which was due to be held in Snettisham next month, have had to be cancelled.

King's Lynn Samaritans are appealing for donations to ensure it can keep offering its service during the coronavirus pandemic
King's Lynn Samaritans are appealing for donations to ensure it can keep offering its service during the coronavirus pandemic

Volunteers who are able to carry out shifts at the Lynn branch on Queen Street are following strict guidelines on hygiene standards and social distancing, and the situation is being monitored with volunteer safety a priority.

Rachel Goldsmith, branch director has thanked the volunteers who are maintaining a rota to ensure that distressed callers may be supported at this time.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “For over 50 years, our branch has provided a listening ear to anyone who needs support, through difficult emotional times and suicidal tendencies.

Rachel Goldsmith, director of King's Lynn Samaritans. Picture: SUBMITTED
Rachel Goldsmith, director of King's Lynn Samaritans. Picture: SUBMITTED

"Our service has only been made possible through the public’s very kind donations and of course, our wonderful volunteers.

"Now more than ever, we need the public’s continued support. Due to the necessary cancellation of our upcoming fundraising events, including The Big Ride due to be held at Snettisham Park in May, we are facing a very significant loss of funding.

"We are therefore calling on West Norfolk residents to help us to ensure that we can continue to be here for anyone who needs support.”

King's Lynn Samaritans HQ pictured in 2018
King's Lynn Samaritans HQ pictured in 2018

A donation of as little as £5 will help volunteers to answer a call for help from someone struggling to cope and be there when people need support the most.

To make a donation or for more about how you can support King's Lynn Samaritans visit https://www.samaritans.org/branches/kings-lynn/.

Those worried about their own mental health or someone else during the coronavirus outbreak can find some online resources and advice on the Samaritans website.



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