Samaritans’ friends to fold after 40 years

PUBLISHED: 13:25 08 October 2015

The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

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A long-running fundraising group, which has donated more than £114,000 to charity, is to fold as it cannot find a new committee.

The Sidmouth Friends of Samaritans was formed more than 40 years ago by Betty Easey to support the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity.

Committee members have raised £114,532 over the course of four decades to help provide round-the-clock assistance for people who need emotional support.

Sue Kensdale, chariman of the committee, said: “Reluctantly, the Sidmouth Friends of Samaritans committee has now decided to terminate all our activities after December 2015. This is due to the inevitable increase in age and fitness of many of our colleagues, friends and helpers, together with the difficulty in obtaining suitable replacements when these have to step aside.

“Our committee is very grateful to everyone who has supported us over many years.”

Mrs Kensdale urged members to continue to support the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch as it last year received 23,411 phone calls, 3,648 text messages and 2,394 emails.

She said: “The value of the service provided by the Samaritans cannot ever be over-estimated and deserves the support of all of us.”

The committee will host its final event, a Christmas fair coffee morning on Saturday, November 28, at the Methodist Hall in High Street, from 10am to noon.


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