Cornwall Samaritans are appealing for donations from residents to help ensure its volunteers can continue to support people struggling to cope.

Following the Government’s confirmation that Samaritans volunteers are critical to supporting vulnerable people, Cornwall Samaritans is making every effort to ensure that they are able to provide emotional support to anyone in crisis.

Volunteers that are able to carry out shifts at the branch in the Truro are following strict guidelines on hygiene standards and social distancing. The situation will be continually monitored to ensure that volunteer safety is prioritised, the organisation said.

Branch director at Cornwall Samaritans, Sue Wright, said: “For over 50 years, our branch has provided a listening ear to anyone who needs support, which has been possible through the public’s kind donations.

"Now more than ever, we need the public’s continued support. Due to the cancellation of our upcoming fundraising events and the closure of our shop at Par Market, we are facing a significant loss of funding, so we are calling on Cornish residents to help us ensure that we continue to be here for anyone who needs support.”

A donation as little as £5 will help volunteers to answer a call for help from someone struggling to cope and be there when people need support the most.

To make a donation and find out other ways you can support Cornwall Samaritans visit

• Anyone can contact Samaritans free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email or visit