Samaritans fundraiser, David Exley, stops in Romford as part of poignant charity journey

A volunteer braved the torrential rain to stop off in Romford on Saturday as part of a 6,000-mile charity motorcycle ride.

David Exley, from Worthing, had covered 650 miles when he stopped off at the North Street branch of the charity that helps people experiencing suicidal feelings.

His personal challenge is being carried out in honour of his brother and son who both committed suicide. He is aiming to raise �10,000.

The 64-year-old said: “My younger brother Tim took his own life 24 years ago and in 2007 my son James tragically also ended his own life.

“I really hope that my challenge will mean that more people are aware of the support Samaritans offers, that way, some good can come out of what has been a very difficult time for me and my family.”

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The Romford branch director, who only wants to be known as Lianne, said: “Samaritans is the only helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope.”

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