Pompey legend switches on lights at Samaritans branch

From left,  Mary Noble, the director of Portsmouth Samaritans with Alan Knight and Father Christmas

From left, Mary Noble, the director of Portsmouth Samaritans with Alan Knight and Father Christmas

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Pompey goalkeeping legend Alan Knight lent his safe hands to turn on Christmas lights for Samaritans’ Portsmouth branch.

As Samaritans volunteers ready themselves for their busiest time of year, the former Pompey star did the honours and flicked the switch of the charity’s lights.

Alan, pictured right, said: ‘I am honoured to support our local Samaritans volunteers.

‘I am sure it will be a beacon of hope for anyone feeling emotional pain.’

The Portsmouth branch at 296 London Road relies on donations from the public to keep its helpline open every day of the year.

Mary Noble, branch director, said: ‘Our new light is a Christmas gift from a generous supporter.

‘A lot of our callers tell us that Christmas is a tough time for them, which is why our volunteers will be available round the clock for anyone struggling to cope, including on Christmas Day.

‘We’re incredibly grateful to the inspirational, dedicated people who keep our service running every day of the year.’

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