Samaritans in awareness campaign at West Norfolk railway stations

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Samaritans volunteers will be at the Lynn and Downham railway stations today in a bid to raise awareness of the services they offer.

The charity is staging an awareness day in conjunction with Network Rail, which will cover more than 20 stations across East Anglia on routes linking the region to London.

Leaflets will be available during the main morning and evening peak travel periods, which officials say are designed to make sure people know they can turn to the Samaritans in times of need.

Keith King, director of the charity’s Lynn branch, said: “Our aim is to remind people that Samaritans is there for anyone who needs to talk about whatever is getting to them.

“We want to stress the value of speaking out before you get to a crisis point.”

Volunteers will also be completing a 365-mile cycling challenge at London’s Liverpool Street station.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “Samaritans provides an invaluable service to so many people who need support.

“Samaritans have helped us enormously to develop our work in this area, with their great expertise, empathy and tenacity.”