Charity chiefs praise kindly volunteers

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MORE than 100 volunteers who lend a kind ear to people in need have been thanked for their work.

Sheffield Samaritans said National Volunteers Week - which ends tomorrow - was a perfect time to thank its 120 volunteers.

And branch leaders hope people could help others by sparing their time and understanding after publishing the results of a new poll.

More than half of people said receiving a compliment, smile or understanding ear made their day in the research.

Andrea Day, director of Sheffield Samaritans, said: “The results of the poll show how a very small gesture can have a really positive impact on someone.

“National Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to thank the 120 volunteers at our branch for their dedication and support.

“They are truly inspirational.”

To volunteer for Sheffield Samaritans visit www.samaritans.org or call 08705 627 282.