A support group marked its 40th year helping people in Northumberland with a special event at their Ashington base.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery was guest of honour as the Samaritans of Northumberland marked their fourth decade at the weekend.
Volunteer Samaritans who were part of the original team who were the first to deliver this service, joined together on Saturday to celebrate the special milestone, while Mr Lavery unveiled a commemorative plaque, and assisted with the release of 40 Samaritan balloons celebrating the event.
Ian Lavery said: “In these troubled times, Samaritans provide a valuable service offering support to those most in need by listening and encouraging those who call the Samaritans to talk about their troubles and helping them to find a solution – for that work, the Samaritans of Northumberland deserve all of our thanks and praise.”
Samaritans exist to support those who are experiencing emotional challenges and those who may be at risk of self harm or even having suicidal thoughts.
Samaritan volunteers who provide a listening service 24/7 give a listening ear and enable callers to find a different way.
Samaritans hold several recruitment events each year and those interested in learning more about being a Samaritan volunteer should contact them via their recruitment hotline on 07474 864441 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack.