Samaritans attend rugby match at Select Security Stadium

Councillor Eddie Jones (right) with 5 Samaritan's volunteers
Monday 17th April 2017
Volunteers from the Warrington, Halton & St Helen's Samaritans branch attended the Widnes v Warrington rugby derby at the Select Security Stadium on Thursday 13th April.


6 volunteers were present before and after the match to raise awareness of the Samaritans service to anyone experiencing distress and despair. A rugby match was a particularly good event for Samaritans as suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and young people 20 to 34.

Gary Birkenhead, Branch Director, said "whilst Halton has the lowest suicide rate in Cheshire and Merseyside we cannot be complacent, we want to see fewer people dying by suicide which is why we support the Halton Suicide Prevention Strategy".

Attendance at the game was made possible by Councillor Eddie Jones, portfolio holder for the voluntary sector at Halton Borough Council, in collaboration with Widnes Vikings and Halton Borough Council stadium staff. Halton Borough Council fund the Samaritans through a local grant.