Lifesaving volunteers praised for good work

A Sheffield charity boss is celebrating Volunteers’ Week by thanking her team of lifesaving volunteers.

Sandra Waters, director of Sheffield Samaritans, is marking the week by sending a special message to everybody that has helped the charity.

She said: “Life can be tough for anyone, and everyone deals with challenges in different ways.

“As Samaritans volunteers, we don’t judge. We’re here for absolutely anyone, and we want people to talk to us before they feel overwhelmed.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of our dedicated volunteers – the work they do is priceless.”

Sarah also used the celebration, which takes place between June 1-12, to encourage others to volunteer.

She said: “If you’re open-minded and feel that the moment is right in your life to give some time to others, why not think about volunteering with us?

“Knowing you’ve made a difference to someone’s life is all the reward any of us needs.

“Just being there to listen, in confidence, to someone going through a tough time in their lives can be really helpful to that person.

“It could be family, work, money or relationship issues, or perhaps they’ve lost a loved one.

“Whatever they are dealing with, we listen and give people the courage to open up about what’s happening in their life and support them to get through.

If you are interested in volunteering for Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.org or call 0114 2767277.