David Exley on David's Way Round for 24:7, our National Awareness campaign

Press release: Samaritans’ motorcyclist tours the nation

Update June 2014: sadly, David died last month. We’ve preserved all his work for Samaritans as a mark of respect for the huge amount of support he gave us. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Revving up as Samaritans’ motorcyclist tours the nation for 24:7

For Immediate Release: As part of Samaritans’ annual awareness day 24:7, the charity’s volunteers are preparing for the arrival of David Exley, a fellow Samaritan, who is motorcycling around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity.

Covering more than 6,000 miles on his motorbike, David will visit each of the 201 Samaritans branches, highlighting the charity’s vital 24-hour service. Sixty four-year-old David is also completing the ride in memory of his brother Tim, and son James who both sadly died by suicide.

David will kick-start his engine at Worthing Samaritans on Monday 2 July, and will be on the road for seven weeks.  His final pit stop will be in Cardiff, on 20 August, where he will be greeted by sponsors, Admiral insurance.

Worthing Samaritan David Exley stands by the motorcycle he will ride over 6000mi to raise vital funds for Samaritans.

David Exley stands by the motorcycle he will ride over 6,000 miles to visit all 201 of Samaritans branches in the UK and Ireland.

David Exley, said: “My younger brother Tim took his own life 24 years ago and tragically in 2007 my son James also ended his life. I really hope that my challenge will mean that more people will be 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. I am a bit nervous but am really looking forward to meeting my fellow Samaritans and celebrating the charity’s awareness day, 24:7 with them.”

Justin Beddows from Admiral said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Samaritans for 24:7 again this year.  We are proud to support this day and wish David the best of luck for his challenge. We are looking forward to welcoming him when he arrives in Cardiff.”

Samaritans Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone said: “This is the ideal way to raise awareness of Samaritans. David’s challenge will really help to highlight the charity’s vital work. Samaritans is the only helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope. We hope everyone gets behind David and supports him on this epic adventure.”

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To donate to David’s quest to raise £10,000 for Samaritans visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidswayround

For more information please contact Samaritans’ press office: Claire Duncan on 020 8394 8345 or email c.duncan@samaritans.org

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About Samaritans

Samaritans is here for anyone feeling down and depressed or struggling to cope. Our volunteers are available 24/7 to offer confidential support by phone: 116 123, email: jo@samaritans.org, or face-to-face. Visit http://www.samaritans.org/ for details of your local branch.