Samaritans ready to lend a listening ear

Davina Birkbeck, director of Banbury & District Samaritans
Davina Birkbeck, director of Banbury & District Samaritans

Samaritans will be on hand over Christmas to provide a listening ear for anyone who needs to talk.

Banbury & District Samaritans, which covers the Brackley area, will have volunteers manning its phone lines throughout the festive period.

Last year, Samaritans received about 244,000 calls during the Christmas period from people in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

More than 45 per cent of men who responded to an online survey said they felt more worried at Christmas than other times of the year.

Branch director Davina Birkbeck said: “Many of our callers have told us that Christmas is a tough time for them, which is why our volunteers will be available round the clock for anyone who is struggling to cope, including on Christmas Day.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the inspirational people who keep our service running every single day of the year when many others are closed.”

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