Mammoth motorcycle ride to help Samaritans visits Portsmouth

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DEDICATED fundraiser David Exley will stop off in Portsmouth on Monday as part of his mammoth motorcycle ride across the UK and Ireland.

Mr Exley, a volunteer for the Samaritans, is covering more than 6,000 miles on his bike and will visit each of charity’s 201 branches. The 64-year-old will be greeted by volunteers and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas at the London Road branch at 1pm.

He started his journey at the Worthing Samaritans branch on July 2, and the Portsmouth branch will be his 50th visit along the way. He aims to raise £10,000 and highlight the charity’s 24:7 awareness day.

Mr Exley said: ‘My younger brother 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.’

Chris Trevellick, Portsmouth branch director, said: ‘Our awareness day is the ideal way to raise awareness of Samaritans and David’s challenge will really help highlight this.’