A COMMUNITY group came to the rescue of a town centre charity by donating 25 bottles of hand sanitizer following an urgent appeal.

Project 14, a community group set up to help support local mental health services around Barnsley, spent £50 on cleaning products to donate to the town’s Samaritans branch.

This comes after the charity issued a statement asking for donations of anti-bacterial products to protect its volunteers, or else it was at risk of closure.

Beth Deakin, who helps to run Project 14, said: “As a group, our aim is to support local charities and causes.

“When we heard about Samaritans’ appeal for more hand sanitizers, we knew we had to help as much as we could.

“We spent around £50 on 25 bottles of hand sanitizer, two antibacterial gels and some blue rolls.

“This can hopefully help them to continue to work during these uncertain times.

“Samaritans are essential for promoting positive mental wellbeing and offering an ear to listen to those who may feel isolated.

“I think it’s especially key today, as people will be looking for someone to talk to or for somewhere to turn.

“We’re thrilled to know that this fantastic service can continue to operate, it would’ve been a shame for it to stop because of the lack of products.

“We will continue to do as much as we can to support services around the area during this time.”