"Samaritans helped save my life"

For Linda, the anonymity of Samaritans was really important. She could be Mrs Hudson, not Linda Nolan the celebrity.

"I've called the helpline 5 or 6 times in total, and on one occasion, Samaritans helped save my life.

"It’s comforting to know that Samaritans are always there."

Linda Nolan

Linda's story

Linda called Samaritans for the first time after the death of her husband of 26 years, Brian Hudson.

At the same time, Linda was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

It was an incredibly difficult time.

"Brian died on 21 Sept 2007. He was my life, my first love, and I have never known sadness the way I felt it at that moment. My heart was broken, how would I survive without him?

"Three days later I made my first call.

"I had fabulous friends, and of course my very supportive family, but I wanted to talk to somebody who I could be totally honest with. Somebody who had no idea who Brian or I was, who had no preconceived ideas about him or me, and that’s what happened.

"I had known about Samaritans ‘forever’, never knowing how important the charity would be in my life.

"The first time I called I didn’t know what to say, but I didn’t feel any pressure to talk or tell the person my name, just comfort."

Linda's mum passed away 3 months after Brian, and again Samaritans helped her through it.