Easy Rider raises Samaritan awareness

A Samaritans volunteer’s campaign to raise awareness of the charity arrived in Kilkenny city on Thursday afternoon.

David Exley is motorcycling around Ireland and Britain to raise public awareness of the charity. The 64-year old is also completing the ride in memory of his brother Tim, and son James, who both died by suicide.

In order to highlight the charity’s 24-hour service, David is covering more than 6,000 miles, to visit all Samaritans branches in Ireland and Britain. He has now visited 170 of the 201 branches,

Gil Leo, branch director with the Samaritans, said that David’s campaign is ‘a wonderful way of raising awareness of the emotional support service that the Samaritans provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week’.

David was welcomed to the city by a large group of Samaritans volunteers from Kilkenny and Carlow, and accompanied by a number of local motorcycle enthusiasts.