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City’s Samaritans commended in Parliamentary motion marking 60 years since first Samaritans call was taken by Edinburgh Samaritans

The efforts of Edinburgh’s Samaritans past and present have been commended in a Parliamentary motion lodged today at the Scottish Parliament by Lothian MSP Miles Briggs to mark the 60th anniversary of Samaritans Scotland which falls tomorrow, 1st June.

On the 1st of June 1959 the first ever call in Scotland to the Samaritans was taken by the Edinburgh branch. The Edinburgh branch received 550 calls in that year but last year was contacted more than 45,000 times.

Speaking today Miles Briggs, who is also Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, said:

“ Every year Samaritans Scotland provide a vital listening and advice service to thousands and thousands of people who are in distress and need emotional support. This service is invaluable to many and Samaritans volunteers make a massive difference to so many lives in Lothian and across Scotland.

“ On the charity’s 60th anniversary in Scotland I pay tribute to all those who have volunteered or currently do volunteer for the Samaritans. I also encourage others to think about giving their own time to this fantastic organisation so that it is able to help even more people in future.”

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Miles Briggs