6,000-mile journey: Man walks to every Samaritans branch in the UK and Ireland

A man walking to every branch of the Samaritans in Britain and Ireland is currently making his way through the region.

David Matthews is spending two years taking on his 6000 miles 'listening walk.'

He set off from Yorkshire six months ago and has already clocked up more than 1,800 miles by walking to 42 of 201 branches.

Map of the Samaritan branches David is walking to. Credit: ITV Border

David aims to raise £100,000 in sponsorship and recruit 1,000 new volunteers for the charity that provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

David arrived in John o' Groats in July. Credit: The Listening Walk

Mental health has played a huge part in David's life and he said over the last five years, he has spoken to many people who have admitted they have struggled with similar issues.

David arrived in Whitehaven and helped man the phones as well as being provided with somewhere warm to sleep.

The money to support his trip is coming from donations, his own pocket and the kindness of those he's met on the way as he wants all sponsorship to go straight to the charity.

You can keep track of David's progress on his Facebook page. Next stop - the Isle of Man!

Samaritans provides round the clock support for people when they need it most.

You can call them 24 hours a day on 116 123. They also have tips if you're concerned about someone you know, and advice if you're struggling yourself.

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