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Samaritans' appeal raises £4,000 in ten days

A Save our Samaritans campaign launched by the Liverpool Echo has raised £4,000 in just ten days.

The campaign, which has involved all the region’s media, aims to raise £1m to provide the charity with a trust fund to secure its future.

The Liverpool and Merseyside branch of the Samaritans is struggling to continue providing a service because of a cash shortage.

The Echo has been inundated with calls from people who have been helped by the Samaritans and would like to help keep the service going.

Donations have been flooding in and more fundraising events are planned in for the next few months – including finding 1,000 individuals to become a Samaritans’ Samaritan by pledging to raise £1,000 each.

Campaign organiser and Echo photographer Richard Williams said: “I can’t think of a worthier cause. Suicide is such a growing problem, especially among teenage children.”

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