INSPIRING CHRISTMAS STORIES
Samaritans’ Hull branch on Anlaby Road is preparing for a busy time this Christmas. The national helpline is preparing to answer 15,000 calls a day from people in the UK and ROI over the festive period.
The Hull answered 8,000 for help last year. The Branch will be on duty answering calls round the clock from people struggling to cope this Christmas.
This Christmas Day will see volunteers ready to answer calls, emails and texts from people in despair and distress
A volunteer who will be there on Christmas Day said: “When I started volunteering in 2008 I wanted to ‘give something back’ – my own life was going well, and I was in a fortunate place.
“I have friends, but I’ve always been aware of the pressures on people who might not be able to share problems with others. This made me realise that maybe I could be there for them at times like these.
“This time of year can increase feelings of loneliness, people may be in ‘strained’ family situations, may have overspent, they might have all the usual issues plus many more.
It is a privilege to be there for people.
Those precious few hours of being there for others is almost my way of trying to make their day a little less unhappy.”
Anne Smith, Director of Samaritans Hull Branch, said: “This time of year can be an incredibly difficult time and we want to let people know that Samaritans is here if things are getting to them. When many other services shut down for the holidays, our volunteers continue to be available, answering calls round the clock. Thank you to every single person who is spending Christmas volunteering, you are inspirational. ”
Help Samaritans be there to answer every single call this Christmas by texting ‘SUPPORT’ to 70123* to make a £3 donation.