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Havering Samaritans cycle 12 hours at Romford station to raise awareness

PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 December 2016

Havering Samaritains cycle 247 miles at Romford station to raise awareness about their services

Havering Samaritains cycle 247 miles at Romford station to raise awareness about their services

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Commuters were welcomed to an usual scene at Romford station today.

Transport for London (TFL) staff came to help Havering Samaritains to cycle 247 miles on a gym bike at Romford stationTransport for London (TFL) staff came to help Havering Samaritains to cycle 247 miles on a gym bike at Romford station

Members of staff at Havering Samaritans took on the challenge to cycle for 12 hours on a gym bike to raise awareness about their services.

Doing their first miles at 7am this morning, staff will be doing half hour slots until 7am tonight and make sure they can sustain continuous pedal power.

The team hopes to ride a minimum of 107 miles - which is the samaritans address in North Street, Romford - and strive towards 247 miles - as a reminder their telephone service operates 24/7.

At midday, the team was confident it could smash the target with an hour and a half to spare – cycling the distance between Romford and Cardiff and back.

The charity teamed up with the Land Sheriffs, the organisation which patrols the railway for security and passenger safety, and Transport For London (TFL) came to gave them a hand as well.

Deputy director of Havering Samaritans Margaret Nice said: “Our hope is that this display will stick in the people’s mind so they will remember the option of calling Samaritans, should the need arise”.

Director at Land Sheriffs Tyler LeMay said: “The Samaritans do a fantastic job, and are an important 24/7 365 day support resource for people in need or sometimes just someone to talk to.

“We have seen first-hand the impact and devastation to families and friends and at Land Sheriffs we work tirelessly to help prevent suicide on our railway every day.”

The Samaritans can be contacted for free on 116 123.

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