Samaritans’ success story

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Events have been taking place to mark 
Samaritans’ 60th birthday.

Events have been taking place to mark Samaritans’ 60th birthday.

The very first call to the helpline was answered by Chad Varah on November 2, 1953. Since then 127,000 volunteers have answered 115 million calls for help. The organisation has 201 branches with 20,980 volunteers across the UK and ROI, who answer five million yearly.

Felicity Varah Harding, daughter of founder, Chad Varah, said: ‘‘My father began Samaritans with just one telephone. It’s wonderful to see how the charity has flourished since he took that first call in 1953. To mark Samaritans’ 60th birthday, people can get involved by simply texting ‘SUPPORT’ to 70123* to make a £3 donation.