It has been announced that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Kent has become an ambassador for Samaritans. The Prince of Wales is the current patron of the organisation.
The Duchess has been working with Samaritans for many years as a volunteer, where she answered calls from people in need of support during difficult times in their lives. She was the Samaritans’ Royal Patron from 1971 to 1999.
She was invited to become an ambassador after a volunteer on Teeside read about her involvement with the charity. He then wrote to Her Royal Highness to express his gratitude for the work she has done.
The CEO of Samaritans, Ruth Sutherland, had this to say about the Duchess of Kent becoming the newest ambassador:
“We cannot express our thanks and excitement enough that Her Royal Highness has agreed to become an Ambassador for Samaritans and to support our vision that fewer people die by suicide. The Duchess’ experience as a volunteer, combined with her previous Royal Patronage of Samaritans, and her long-standing support for a range of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of those from less privileged backgrounds, will be invaluable to us.”
The Duchess of Kent has become an ambassador alongside former Olympic champion boxer, Audley Harrison MBE.
Samaritans is an organisation in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which assists in providing emotional support to those who are struggling to cope, have emotional distress, and are at risk for suicide. Every six seconds someone contacts the charity. It has over 20,000 volunteers who have responded to over 5.4 million people a year through phone, email, letter, text, or face to face. There are 201 branches across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The organisation further works with the NHS, workplaces, emergency services, the rail industry, prisons, communities, schools, and colleges to support those who are at a potential risk of suicide or where someone has taken their own life.
Samaritans has said, “Anyone can contact Samaritans, whatever you’re going through. You can call us for free any time from any phone on 116 123, email email@example.com or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of our volunteers in person.”