Pupils are good Samaritans

CREATIVE children from Tritlington First School have helped to raise awareness of a national service.

Tasked with creating an image celebrating the Samaritans as part of its national awareness day, the Ashington branch asked pupils to submit a piece of artwork showing how it provides emotional support to callers 24/7.

Branch volunteers Ian and Eileen then came along to the school to thank them and participate in a story telling session about helping, which was led by the Early Years Unit.

Ian said: “Samaritans is the only national service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope.

“Our branch is keen to raise awareness of what our organisation does – especially in schools.”

Using this image and those from 118 other branches, Samaritans commissioned artists Grit Hartung and Marilou Rabourdi to produce a national piece of artwork, primarily made out of origami.

Spelling out the words ‘Call US’ and ‘Join US’, it uses the branch images printed in black and white to represent night and day.