"Samaritans are there for you at any time", volunteers from the charity told commuters at York train station yesterday.

Volunteers from the Nunnery Lane-based charity were at the station on the 24th day of the seventh month of the year to make the point they are there 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk.

Samaritans answers calls from people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. It provides a safe place for anyone struggling to cope.

Bob Howe, regional marketing officer for Samaritans in Yorkshire & Humberside, said: “Working together we are able to get across the message that Samaritans truly are there for everyone, at any time; we are available 24/7 for people who feel they need to talk to us, in confidence.

“Raising awareness of our service, during the morning rush hour, to so many rail commuters is really important. We want people to recognise the value of talking, rather than bottling things up."

Volunteers were also joined by members of the British Transport Police who handed out leaflets and spoke to people to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

For more information about Samaritans visit www.samaritans.org. To speak to someone call 01904 655888