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East Midlands Trains

March 12, 2014 07:41 ET

East Midlands Trains Helps to Support Samaritans Awareness Day at St Pancras

Joint industry event on Thursday 13 March to raise awareness of the partnership between the Samaritans and the rail industry

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - March 12, 2014) - Passengers travelling through St Pancras train station on Thursday 13 March will be greeted by charity volunteers and employees from East Midlands Trains and other rail companies in support of the Samaritans' Awareness Day.

A team of 30 volunteers from a range of companies across the rail industry, including East Midlands Trains, South West Trains, First Capital Connect, First Great Western and Network Rail will be supporting 20 Samaritans volunteers throughout the day. A dedicated team will be donning their Lycra to carry out the 'cycle challenge' which involves riding stationary bikes covering the equivalent distance from Derby to Portsmouth (202 miles), helping to raise awareness of the charity's partnership with the rail industry to reduce instances of rail suicide, whilst also raising much needed funds for the Samaritans.

Samaritans' volunteers will be present at the St Pancras train station throughout the day to talk to passengers about the round the clock helpline for anyone struggling to cope.

Darren Ward, East Midlands Trains Head of Operations Strategy, said: "East Midlands Trains has been working very closely with Samaritans for almost five years now. The enthusiasm, experience and support they provide is making a pronounced difference in this area of rail safety, and we're thrilled to work alongside them."

Samaritans delivers award-winning training programmes to rail industry staff. One course helps front line rail employees develop the skills and confidence to recognise and approach a person who may be experiencing suicidal feelings. The other course focuses on trauma support, providing managers with the tools to help colleagues who have been involved in a traumatic event. East Midlands Trains' staff have benefitted from both courses, with direct evidence of lives being saved as a result.

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Samaritans' Director of Fundraising said: "Thank you to everyone involved in today's event. Our work with the rail industry is something we are really proud of and today's event is an example of the commitment shown by everyone who is part of it. Our volunteers answer millions of calls for help every year, and funds generated from this event will allow us to continue to deliver round the clock support to anyone struggling to cope."

Justin Page, Area Director from Network Rail, added: "Our partnerships with the Samaritans and East Midlands Trains are making vital improvements to how we help vulnerable people who come onto the railway. We hope that this event will help to further increase awareness of the support which is available."

Samaritans is available round the clock on 08457 90 90 90 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org. For more information about Samaritans or the Network Rail partnership visit www.samaritans.org.

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East Midlands Trains

• East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, runs fast, frequent trains from and to London St Pancras International and key UK destinations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

• East Midlands Trains is currently investing over £40 million to improve stations across its network and every single passenger train within its fleet.

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Samaritans

• Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide. People contact Samaritans when they are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to. More than 20,000 Samaritans' volunteers are available round the clock, every day of the year. The helpline provides a safe place to talk and all conversations are private.

• To contact Samaritans call 08457 90 90 90, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.

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