New Freephone Campaign Aims To Help More People To TalkBurnley Football Club will be highlighting the worthy work undertaken by Samaritans volunteers in a special awareness-raising day at Turf Moor on Saturday, 26th September.
Burnley players will warm-up for the game against Reading in visual Samaritans t-shirts, while screens inside the stadium’s public and corporate areas will promote its free helpline number.
A special video has been produced for the day (below), featuring manager Sean Dyche, several of the Clarets squad and members of the public who volunteered to help.
Guests in the 1882 Hospitality Lounge will bid for a specially signed team shirt, and fans will be asked to donate to volunteers collecting in the ground.
The event is the brainchild of Samaritans volunteer Ian Hartley, Director of the charity’s Pendle, Burnley, Craven and Rossendale branch, which is based in Nelson in Lancashire.
He said: “There’s nothing like the atmosphere at Turf Moor when it comes to friendship and togetherness.
“But what about those times when the odds are against you, and no one else is around?
“Every day, around 16 people decide to end their own life across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
“The Samaritans service can help people before it's too late. We want people to know
Samaritans are on their side and that if something is bothering you, we’re here to listen, in confidence, round the clock, every single day of the year.
“Talking about what’s on your mind can be the first step to finding a way through.”
Burnley FC Chief Executive David Baldwin insisted the Clarets’ were proud to be promoting Samaritans’ message.
He said: “The support our fans give our team is second to none. But everyone goes through times when they could do with some support themselves.
“We are delighted and proud to support the Samaritans, who are there for everyone, at any time.
“If you don’t feel you can talk to someone you know, it’s important to know there is someone willing to listen, so give Samaritans a call. It’s a safe place where you can just be yourself - and they’re always there for you.”
Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place to talk for anyone who is struggling to cope, whoever you are and whatever life has done to you.
Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and calls will not appear on your phone bill), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.