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Samaritans highlight pedal power in Falkirk

Samaritans Scottish director Andrew Sim visits Falkirk branch members at Falkirk Stadium

Samaritans Scottish director Andrew Sim visits Falkirk branch members at Falkirk Stadium

 

Members of Falkirk and Central Scotland Samaritans were in a spin as they helped raise awareness of mental health issues.

The branch held a spinathon at Falkirk Stadium last week as part of an initiative involving their own organisation and Breathing Space.

They were hitting the pedals when Andrew Sims, Samaritans’ Scottish executive director, and Tony McLaren, Breathing Space/Living Life national co-ordinator, arrived.

They are cycling 600 miles across Scotland to highlight the benefits of physical activity on mental 
wellbeing, during Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from May 12-18. They also visited as many Samaritans branches and support centres as possible.

The Falkirk branch has 71 volunteers providing support to 6500 callers every year.

Chairperson Dr Michele McClung, said: “This is an ideal event as it allows us to fundraise and provides a platform to remind the local community that Falkirk and Central Scotland Samaritans are here to provide them with emotional support when life is difficult.”

Andrew Sim said: “Our service has been delivered exclusively by volunteers for 60 years and we take around 300,000 calls a year in Scotland. We are here, every single day of the year, to listen and help people find the best way forward for them.”

Kieran Koszary of Falkirk FC said: “The club is delighted to show its support for such a worthwhile organisation.”

The Samaritans thanked Billy Brotton of Tryst Community Sports Club for supplying the bikes, Alex Totten and Kieran Koszary of Falkirk FC for their support and Chris McClure, better known as singer Christian, for his support.

 

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