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The Samaritans receive support from the Eddie George Memorial Fund

21 May 2014

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The Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro received a laptop computer and £300 to purchase a portable projector from the CCF’s Eddie George Memorial Fund.  The fund, set up in memory of the late Lord George, supports community projects in Cornwall with information technology.

Lady Vanessa George said “It was a privilege to visit the Samaritan centre in Truro. We were pleased to be able to present them with a much needed laptop computer from the Cornwall Community Foundation. We were given such a warm welcome by dedicated volunteers, and heard about the vital help and advice they are able to give to those who phone or text around the clock in need of support.”

Cornwall Samaritans took its first call over 40 years ago in March 1970. The service is needed as much today as it was all those years ago, as a listening ear for our local community, with ordinary people supporting those struggling to cope, 24/7 throughout the year.

More than 50,000 calls for help were made to the Samaritans in Truro last year, and more than 120 volunteers take the calls in Truro from people struggling to cope. The equipment at the Truro office is in constant use and requires replacing. The new laptop and projector also enhance the out-reach work within the local community including presentations to schools and colleges.

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