Exeter Samaritans appeal for more volunteers

PUBLISHED: 11:27 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 10 June 2010

EXTER Samaritans is this week recruiting new volunteers by enlisting the help of TV stars and top authors.

EXTER Samaritans is this week recruiting new volunteers by enlisting the help of TV stars and top authors.

The charity is holding an open evening at 7.30pm on Wednesday November 12 at the group's office at 10 Richmond Road in Exeter.

The event marks what would have been the 97th birthday of the late Chad Varah, who founded the Samaritans 55 years ago.

Anyone wanting to attend the free evening does not need to make an appointment.

An Exeter Samaritan spokeswoman said: "People who might want to become volunteers but are a little uncertain about our work can come along and talk with us informally over a coffee. It's a chance for us to answer questions from local people who want to know how and where we work, and how they can get involved."

Four Exeter Samaritans are travelling to London to mark the work of the Samaritans.

Volunteers and stars including Joanna Lumley and Carol Vorderman, authors Ian Rankin and Lord Jeffrey Archer, as well as MPs and the equerry to the Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the Samaritans across the UK, will take part in a service at St Paul's Cathedral.

TV star Joanna Lumley said: "Chad Varah said people must never be alone again and that people must always have someone to talk to in their darkest hour. I think the setting up of Samaritans is something absolutely exceptional.

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