Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

Suffolk: Fundraising day boosts Samaritans as new figures show the branch in Ipswich and East Suffolk received 30,000 calls last year

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 June 2014 | UPDATED: 17:37 21 June 2014

The Samaritans

The Samaritans

Archant

Samaritans volunteers in Ipswich and East Suffolk have urged people to get behind the organisation as it emerged nearly 30,000 calls were made to the branch last year.

Samaritans

For confidential advice and support, call the Samaritans on 08457 909090.

The figure was revealed ahead of today’s national awareness raising event, Phone Free Friday, which saw people turn off their mobiles for a day in support of the charity, which helps people in distress.

In East Anglia, there was a total of 419,000 calls made to the Samaritans last year, a figure which officials say shows how vital it is that they continue to boost their profile with those kind of fundraisers.

Sue Leeming, Ipswich and East Suffolk’s branch director, said: “This is to raise awareness and to highlight the fact that we need that money to fund the phones for people that are both distressed and suicidal.

“It is a strange thing to do but it is very meaningful to us.

“All the money goes to fund our services nationally and fund the branches to be able to answer more and more of those calls.

We answer email and SMS as well so it is also money to help us do that.”

With more ways to communicate with other people than ever before, the Samaritans say that a simple phone call is still the most used method by people wanting to get in touch with them.

Sue believes the opportunity to talk through their problems with a volunteer, and know they will be listened to, is one of the major reasons behind that.

Sue added: “We change as much as possible so we can be relevant and can be available for people who want to contact us.

“I think that people are so aware that we are there, the voice at the end of the phone, ready to listen to whatever they have got to tell us.

“It is really important that people get behind us and do this sort of thing (Phone Free Friday). Even if people at the moment feel they won’t need to ring or email, they might do in the future and this kind of support will help to make sure we are there for them.”

Catherine Johnstone, Samaritans CEO, said: “Our volunteers answer more than 5 million calls for help every year, and we need to make sure we continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.”

More checks have been carried out in Ipswich by police investigating the murder of a man earlier this year.

Suffolk firefighters have managed to put out a blaze which sparked in a shed in Rushmere St Andrew this evening.

A lifelong Ipswich Town fan is to jet off on a 1,000-mile round trip from Madrid to Portman Road and back again to make sure he sees his oldest son play in a cup final.

Work to restore the Broomhill lido in Ipswich are set to take a significant step forward as new operators Fusion Lifestyle put the final touches to their application for millions of pounds of National Lottery funding.

A high-profile former politician will bring plenty of pomp to a leading role in a spectacular family pantomime in Suffolk.

Posters have been put up in Ipswich calling for bus passengers to help in a police enquiry.

Broomhill pool was opened in 1938 and for 65 summers was a popular attraction for Ipswich swimmers – especially youngsters attracted their on hot days.

As the prospect of Suffolk losing a key slice of Constable country to Essex rears its head, the chief executive of the council under threat has intervened.

Two fire engines are currently at the scene of a fire in Rushmere St Andrew.

Suffolk’s tourism industry is facing a major headache ahead of the arrival of the Tour of Britain cycling race – but it’s the kind of problem businesses will relish.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24