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Community / Glynn leaves ‘great legacy’ after two decades at Samaritans

A LOCAL Samaritans volunteer has stood down from the phone lines after more than 20 years – and nearly 6,000 calls – at the charity.

Glynn Wright (left) and Wilma Goodlad.

Shetland Samaritans director Wilma Goodlad said Glynn Wright was a “special member of the team”.

He has been there for callers for 22 years, while he also served as a trustee of the local branch and helped to establish the current premises on Charlotte Street in Lerwick.

It is thought that he took around 5,800 calls during his time.

Members of the charity, which offers confidential emotional support and a listening ear, gathered at the end of a recent book giveaway event to show their appreciation of Glynn’s “work, care and dedication”.

They presented him with a money gift which, “in his typical style”, he immediately donated back to the charity.

Goodlad said: “It’s been a privilege for current and previous colleagues to work with Glynn.

“The gap he leaves is immense, yet his legacy is even greater.”

More information on volunteering at the Samaritans can be found online here.

Meanwhile the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. For a less urgent response people can also email

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