A recent ‘Night at the Races’ has raised money for Ballymena Samaritans and awareness of its service.
Organised by the branch at Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium, in association with Ballymena United their charity partners for 2013, it was a great success.
Margaret Black, Branch Director, thanked Ballymena Utd. and Stephen Reynolds of the Front Page Bar, for their on-going support, everyone who attended on the night, donated prizes or bought raffle tickets and Drumbo Greyhound Stadium.
She pointed out that anyone who sponsored a winning dog wins a prize and that they can find out more by going to the branch facebook page www.facebook.com/samaritans.ballymena
Margaret said: “The Samaritans service is available for anyone who needs to talk about anything that causes them distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicidal thoughts. You do not have to be suicidal to contact us, we will listen to whatever is on your mind, helping you to work your way through all your options.
“Middle-aged men, in particular, find it difficult to talk about their feelings of loneliness or isolation to friends or family, not wanting to burden them with their worries.”
Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org a trained volunteer will listen.People can drop in to the local branch at 45 Mount Street, Ballymena to have a meeting, or call 2565 0000 between 7.30-10pm daily to find out the branch opening hours.