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Inverness Samaritans turn Ness Bridge green as part of London Marathon “message of hope”

By Alasdair Fraser

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Ness Bridge at high tide. Picture: Jennifer Laws
Ness Bridge at high tide. Picture: Jennifer Laws

Ness Bridge will be lit up green tomorrow (Saturday) to mark Samaritans being made charity of the year for the 2024 London Marathon.

While thousands of runners take on the iconic 26.2 mile route through the UK capital on Sunday, Samaritans volunteers across the UK and Ireland will be cheering on participants who are taking on an offshoot London Marathon challenge.

MyWay is a “remote” marathon that enables the public to take part in wherever they want.

The suicide prevention charity is aiming to tackle the stigma around suicide through its London Marathon partnership by sharing stories of hope and encouraging the public to play a part in suicide prevention.

Inverness Samaritans’ branch director Alison Wood said: “At a marathon, we see people rally together to support their loved ones, knowing their support can help get them through it.

“Yet many people struggle in silence with suicidal thoughts.

“Lighting up Ness Bridge green for marathon day is a reminder that Samaritans is here for anyone struggling to cope, wherever they are, 24/7, 365 days a year.

“We’re really grateful to everyone for supporting Inverness Samaritans and helping us spread this message of hope by reminding people across Inverness that they are never alone.”

Some of the charity’s Inverness volunteers will be at Eastgate Shopping Centre over the weekend, while others will be taking part in the Park Run on Saturday.

Samaritans is the only charity that is there for anyone struggling to cope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year across the UK and Ireland.

Samaritans’ volunteers spent over one million hours responding to calls for help last year and continue to be there around the clock for anyone who needs a listening ear.

To find out more about Samaritans’ Believe in Tomorrow campaign, please visit www.samaritans.org/tomorrow

More information on MyWay can be found here

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