Samaritan roars into town

David Exley is biking round every Samaritan centre to raise awareness of their 24/7 availability.  Pictured by the Bury St Edmunds branch on Well Street.
David Exley is biking round every Samaritan centre to raise awareness of their 24/7 availability. Pictured by the Bury St Edmunds branch on Well Street.

A SAMARITANS volunteer who is motorcycling more than 6,000 miles around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity has visited Bury St Edmunds.

David Exley is visiting all 201 branches of the Samaritans, in memory of his brother Tim and son James, who both committed suicide.

He met Samaritans in Bury on Tuesday to mark the charity’s 24:7 awareness day, highlighting its 24-hours-a- day service.

David, who is 64, 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.”