Charlie Bird applauds ‘extraordinary’ Vicky Phelan and states she was his ‘Samaritan’

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Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird stated cervical cancer advocate Vicky Phelan was his Samaritan– as he explained her as an “extraordinary person”.

s Phelan, who passed away on Monday, 8 years after being identified with cervical cancer, struck up a relationship with Bird after his motor neurone illness medical diagnosis.

Bird was speaking at the launch of the Samaritans effect report for 2021, which discovered there were over 1,300 calls to its phone line a day throughout the island of Ireland, with around a fifth of calls about coronavirus-related issues.

There were 19,000 calls from Irish detainees, which represented a “substantial” increase compared, with 3-4,000 calls from detainees in previous years.

In this really tough duration, lots of, lots of people discover themselves in dark locations. It is crucial that Samaritans exist to listen without passing judgment Charlie Bird

The busiest day of the week was a Tuesday, and the busiest time of the day was in between 6pm and midnight, the report revealed. A call requiring psychological assistance lasted approximately 33 minutes.

Minister for psychological health and older individuals Mary Butler applauded the volunteers manning the phone line, stating it is “sensational” they offered 160,000 hours of their time in 2015.

Talking to the help of voice innovation, Bird stated the report in “really plain terms” reveals the significance of the Samaritans’ “extraordinary” year-round work.

” In this really tough duration, lots of, lots of people discover themselves in dark locations. It is crucial that Samaritans exist to listen without passing judgment.

” I have actually guaranteed myself– as long as I live– I wish to extend the hand of relationship, and some assisting spirit directed me in the instructions of Samaritans, who are an extraordinary group of individuals.

” You are all supplying a vital service to individuals who remain in dark locations. Therefore I truly wish to raise awareness for the crucial service Samaritans bet everybody.

” The sincere fact is none people understands when we may discover ourselves in a dark location. After I got my medical diagnosis of a terminal health problem around this time in 2015, I remained in a dark location.

” Certainly, friends and family attended to me that listening ear, however in a manner that Samaritan I relied on was Vicky Phelan, who I kept in contact with over the previous 12 months. She was an extraordinary person and, yes, in a manner, she was that Samaritan for me.

” I wish to end by simply stating: in some cases in this life all of us require a shoulder to cry (on), for that friendly listening ear offered all around the nation. Keep strong and keep extending the hand of relationship.”

Samaritans is the only 24-hour psychological assistance helpline covering the island of Ireland, with more than 2,000 volunteers in 21 branches across the country.

It intends to supply assistance for anybody having a hard time to cope and to make sure less individuals pass away by suicide. More than 600 individuals pass away from suicide on the island of Ireland each year.

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