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North Yorkshire Samaritans branch marks half a century
2:50pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A NORTH Yorkshire branch of the Samaritans is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.
The Northallerton and Dales branch of the charity opened on November 2 in 1963 and was the first rural branch in the country.
Now it is one of the area’s biggest and oldest charities, with more than 50 volunteers and last year answered more than 20,000 calls for help from people struggling to cope.
Nationally the charity, which is marking its 60th anniversary this year, has answered more than 115m calls for help since it took its first call in 1953.
Ian, director of the Northallerton branch at Crosby Road, said “This is a significant milestone for the charity and Northallerton Branch, the oldest rural branch in the country, celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.
“A call to the service was made every six seconds, showing the need for us to continue to be there, is greater than ever.
“People can contact us at any time of the day or night. There are many ways to get in touch, including email and text, as well as by phone and visiting the branch to speak to a volunteer face to face.”
Samaritans can be contacted on 08457-90-90-90, or by visiting; www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.
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