Samaritans mark 20 years in Newbridge

Samaritans Ireland marked the twentieth anniversary of the charity’s Newbridge and Kildare branch with their 2012 Regional Conference to Newbridge which was held at the weekend in the Hotel Keadeen.

Samaritans Ireland marked the twentieth anniversary of the charity’s Newbridge and Kildare branch with their 2012 Regional Conference to Newbridge which was held at the weekend in the Hotel Keadeen.

Local councillors and dignitaries, as well as leading figures from the well-known charity were present last Friday night at a reception to mark the impressive milestone.

The celebrations kicked off the Samaritans Ireland 2012 regional conference: ‘The Power of Volunteering’.

The charity’s Irish Director, Suzanne Costello, addressed the reception, along with Newbridge Branch Director Mary McGuire, Mayor of Newbridge Cllr Damian Molyneaux.

The Chairperson of Samaritans, Professor Stephen Hoddell, also joined the mayors in making a special presentation to the three founding members of the Newbridge and Kildare branch.

“A Samaritans branch is a great asset to the community in which it is based but we could not provide the vital service we do without the tremendous support of local people in business, politics and the community and critically, the commitment of our volunteers,” said Ms Costello.Since being established in 1992, the Newbridge/Kildare Samaritans branch has expanded hugely, with 100 volunteers responding to 21,616 phone calls, 2,020 emails and 2,284 text messages last year alone.