Revved up to welcome Samaritans’ motorcyclist

August 21, 2012

The Newry Branch of Samaritans’ was delighted to welcome motorcyclist, David Exley, to the branch last Friday.  The determined 64 year old is motorcycling around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity.

As part of Samaritans’ annual awareness day 24:7, volunteers from Newry Branch were joined by the Lord Mayor and members of the public, keen to meet the intrepid motorcyclist who will cover more than 6,000 miles on his journey, visiting each of the 201 Samaritans branches

As well as highlighting the charity’s vital 24-hour service, David is also completing the ride in memory of his brother Tim, and son James who both sadly died by suicide.

David kick-started 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.

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.”

The Director of the Newry/Dundalk Branch, Aidan Noone said,

“Our awareness day, 24:7, is the ideal way to raise awareness of Samaritans, and David’s challenge will really help to highlight this, not only in Newry, South Down, Dundalk, South Armagh, but across the UK and Ireland. Samaritans is the only helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering support to anyone struggling to cope.”

To donate to David’s quest to raise £10,000 for Samaritans visit: