Samaritans welcome biker

VOLUNTEERS from the Craigavon branch of Samaritans are preparing to welcome David Exley, a Samaritans volunteer, who is motorcycling around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity.

Covering more than 6,000 miles on his motorbike, David will visit each of the 201 Samaritans branches, highlighting the charity’s vital 24-hour service.

64-year-old David is also completing the ride in memory of his brother Tim, and son James who both sadly died by suicide.

David kick-started his engine at Worthing Samaritans and will be on the road for seven weeks. His final pit stop will be in Cardiff, on August 20, where he will be greeted by sponsors, Admiral insurance.

He will be arriving at Craigavon branch on Friday, August 17, at around 12:30 David will be welcomed by the Director and members of the branch. If you would like to call round and have a chat with David about his exploits.

David said: “My younger brother Tim took his own life 24 years ago and tragically in 2007 my son James also ended his life.

“I really hope that my challenge will mean that more people will be aware of the support Samaritans offers, that way, some good can come out of what has been a very difficult time for me and my family. I am a bit nervous but am really looking forward to meeting my fellow Samaritans and celebrating the charity’s awareness day, 24:7 with them.”

Samaritans is the only helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope.