AN AUCHINLECK Mental Health Charity is celebrating ‘365 days of chatting it out.’

Founder Robbie Muir, 30, is throwing a major birthday bash for Release Ayrshire, the Facebook group that gives vulnerable people someone to talk to 24/7.

He set up the foundation after seeing a massive spike in Suicides in the Cumnock and Doon Valley area and knew he wanted to help people in crisis.

Now one year later Robbie has been left stunned by the response to the page and wants to celebrate the lives saved.

Robbie said: “Around 90 per cent of everything has been donated for the event.

“The Dumfries Arms Hotel have given us the hall and buffet for nothing, we are having a comedy section, and the band have given us a heavily reduced rate so it’s been brilliant.

“We plan on selling tickets for about £15 per person including the entertainment and buffet.

“We want to include why we are doing it as well so there will be a presentation.

“We obviously want to celebrate it being a year but we don’t want to overrule the real reason behind it.

“Now we are trying to invite along other organisations and sent out letters to other businesses to see if they would purchase a table and raise awareness through the workforce.

“It’s on October 25 and doors are at 7pm but the event starts at 8pm.

“The past year it has really grew arms and legs and more legs.

“I’d say it’s expanded greatly it’s went a lot further than what I first thought and grown more than first anticipated.

“We are still getting people coming to us asking to volunteer hopefully they will increase in the next couple weeks looking for new volunteers.

“We are also looking at getting into schools for talks and looking for different collaboration for schools.

“The amount of people messaging in has been the biggest surprise and the full response to the page.

“It’s been a real positive feedback, we keep getting told it’s something that is strongly needed and going by our figures I’d say that’s proven it.

“It’s been 365 days of chatting it out.”