Richmond solicitors donate £1,000 to local Samaritans branch

A Richmond-0based firm of solicitors has donated £1,000 to a local branch of the Samaritans.

Volunteers for the Northallerton and Dales branch of the charity visited Hunton & Garget Solicitors to receive the donation.

Lisa Potts, managing partner at the law firm, said they were delighted to be able to help the branch.

“We are always looking for opportunities to support the local community and as we know the challenges of the last few years have sadly had a huge impact on the mental health of so many.

“Samaritans are a lifeline for those in need and with the usual fundraising activities on hold we wanted to offer a little support during these difficult times.”

The Northallerton and Dales branch of Samaritans is the oldest rural branch in the country, supporting over 1,200 square miles of North Yorkshire.

The branch takes more than 6,000 calls every year and running costs are met solely from occasional donations, street collections and fundraising.

Elsa Taylor, deputy firector of fundraising for the branch, said: “The need for our services remains as acute as ever – our small, rural branch takes in the region of 500 calls monthly from people who find themselves in emotional distress.

“It remains, as ever, a struggle to raise our annual running costs, without which our branch would have to close so we can’t thank Hunton & Garget Solicitors enough for choosing us to be the beneficiary of such a kind donation.”

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