A former Bury College Access student enjoyed a visit to Buckingham Palace to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday following his volunteering work at the Samaritans.

Darran Latham received the invitation following his dedication to the Samaritans in Bury where he has been volunteering since April 2015 as a listener. In this role, Darran has been listening and replying to texts, emails and calls from the general public as well as visiting those who require support.

Over 7,000 guests attended the celebration and Darran was one of just 39 Samaritan volunteers to be invited to the palace. 

Darran said, “The event was so surreal and it felt a really special day to be a part of. It was lovely to be there celebrating with people who were doing good things for other people.”

Alongside his volunteer work, Darran is also studying a Psychology degree at the University of Bolton. In 2017, Darran completed the Level 3 Access programme and felt well equipped to progress onto university and make his dream of securing a degree come true.

Darran, who lives in Bury, said of his Bury College experience, “My Access programme was a real eye-opener. The support I received was brilliant, there was always someone available to talk to and I received a lot of help with completing my UCAS supplication. The course 100% confirmed that I would like to study Psychology.”

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