Solicitors make donation to local Samaritans branch

Lisa Potts presents a cheque to Elsa Taylor, from the Samaritans.

Volunteers for the local Samaritans group have received a £2,000 donation from Hunton and Garget Solicitors.

Lisa Potts, managing partner of the Richmond-based firm, said the charity was at the top of her list for receiving help.

““We are always looking for opportunities to support the local community and as we know the challenges of the last year 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 winter months.”

The Northallerton and Dales branch of Samaritans is the oldest rural branch in the country – supporting over 1200 square miles of North Yorkshire.

Running costs are met solely from occasional donations, street collections and fundraising – none of which have been possible this year.

The branch received well over 14,760 calls last year and the number has been rapidly increasing in recent months – support has never been needed more.

Elsa Taylor, deputy director of fundraising for the branch, said: “Sadly, Covid has drastically increased the demand for our service, it has exacerbated the mental health of those with pre-existing conditions and caused a great many new reactive mental health issues.

“We can’t thank Hunton and Garget enough for their very generous donation to help us to continue to be there when our callers need us most.”

For those in need call 116 123 (free 24-hour service)