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Weston-super-Mare AFC is delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Samaritans of Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset, helping to publicise their range of services for people experiencing emotional distress.

This collaboration has already resulted in the club donating a pitch board to the charity, clearly displaying the Samaritan freephone number which can be called anytime by anyone who is in distress, struggling to cope, or having suicidal thoughts.

A range of other joint promotional efforts will take place as the partnership progresses, using the Weston-super-Mare AFC website, social media accounts and The Optima Stadium.

Paul Slade, Director of Weston Samaritans, said:

We are very grateful for the support of Weston-super-Mare AFC in publicising and promoting our services.

“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 and young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

“The football club provides an ideal setting for communication with those age groups, and we hope our new partnership will go from strength to strength.”

Alex Crowther, Marketing and Communications Manager at Weston-super-Mare AFC, said:

We’re really happy to be donating a pitch board and use of our club media outlets to the Samaritans of Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.

We’re delighted to play a small part in helping promote their services to the local community.

“I’d like place on record my thanks to Weston fan Rob Hammett for introducing me to Paul and helping us both to form this partnership.”

You can get in touch with Samaritans and talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.

Call them now for free on 116 123.

They’re here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind. They’ll never tell you what to do.

If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, such as a bereavement or domestic abuse, they’ve put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful. You can find this HERE.

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