Burnley FC backs Samaritans’ We Listen campaign

Premier League football club Burnley FC is hosting an awareness-raising day for Samaritans on Saturday 10 December 2016, when The Clarets welcome AFC Bournemouth to Turf Moor.

In the second year of support from the Club, Burnley are highlighting Samaritans' ‘We Listen’ campaign, which encourages anyone going through a tough time to reach out for help before they reach crisis point.

Burnley FC Chief Executive David Baldwin said: “We’re delighted to be continuing this association with Samaritans, a national charity that recognises the power of listening to help save lives. The support we have here at Turf Moor is special and I know our fans will dig deep for Samaritans today. Football has a huge audience and the personalities to make a difference; aspirational characters capable of combating preconceptions and any stigma around asking for help, especially amongst men. We’re proud to play our part.”

Players from both Burnley and Bournemouth will warm up for the game in the charity’s distinctive green t-shirts to raise awareness of the fact that more than 6,000 people die by suicide in the UK every year. Around three-quarters of those are men. Volunteers from the local branch of Samaritans will be on hand in the Fan Zone and around the ground to talk about their life-saving work and collect donations.

Burnley players have appeared in a special video to promote the day and guests in the 1882 Lounge will be joined by VIPs including former Claret Clarke Carlisle. An online auction to mark the occasion will include a chance to bid for an exclusive behind the scenes trip to cult Sky Sports show Soccer AM.

Samaritans volunteer Ian Hartley is the Director of the Pendle, Burnley, Craven and Rossendale branch: “Burnley is a community club and our branch is very much part of that community.  Last year’s event encouraged people who may not have known about the support we offer to contact us. Our volunteers listen, in confidence, without judging. Whether it’s work, family, relationships, health, money or anything else, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Life can be tough, anyone can feel overwhelmed and it’s a strength, not a weakness, to reach out for help.”

Whatever you’re going through, anyone can contact Samaritans for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill. You can also email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

For more information, interviews and photos, please contact Samaritans’ Press Office on 020 8394 8300 or email press@samaritans.org.   


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Notes to editors:

  • Samaritans’ 20,000 volunteers respond to more than 5.7 million calls for help a year by phone, email, text, letter or face to face in its 201 branches in the UK and ROI.
  • Pendle, Burnley, Craven and Rossendale branch of Samaritans is based at 15 Market Square, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 7LP, tel  01282 694 929 (Local call charges apply)
  • Samaritans’ ‘We Listen’ campaign, supported by Network Rail and the wider rail industry, encourages anyone who may be struggling to cope to ask for help before they reach a crisis. Find out more at: www.samaritans.org/welisten .