The Bangers & Mash lunch organised by the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny for Carlow-Kilkenny Samaritans raised €1,775.
Raymond Lennon, chairman of the local Samaritans organisation was delighted and thanked everybody who contributed.
He emphasised that all the money raised in Kilkrnny stays locally.
“We are in the process of purchasing a new premises because year on year, we are experiencing a 10 per cent increase in the need for our service,” he explained.
He said that because of the increase in the number of local volunteers, the Samaritans in Kilkrnny and Carlow were now in a position to offer a 24 hour service, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year
Samaritans are available, anytime day or night, to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
“We are not a religious or a political organisation. We don’t make judgments and we don’t offer advice,” Raymond Lennon said.
“Instead, we believe in the value of having time and space to explore difficult feelings.
“We also believe that being listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings,” he said.
The Samaritans in Kilkenny are located at No. 2 Abbeybridge, Dean Street, Kilkenny. Phone - 056-7765554 or 056-7765750.
The Samaritans freephone helpline number is 116 123.
the Samaritans charity shop is located on Kieran Street and is always looking for quality items to sell.