A Lincoln-based drop-in group for people who have been bereaved is inviting new members to join their weekly social gatherings in the north of the city
The group, called New Beginnings, meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm, at Our Lady of Lincoln Church on Laughton Way, Lincoln. These meetings offer people the chance to socialise and support each other following a bereavement, regardless of how long ago they were bereaved.
Anyone can attend this group if they have been bereaved – whether they have a connection with St Barnabas or not. Many rely on this group to provide them with continued support and the chance to socialise and go out for meals with other people.
Most importantly for some members, Laughton Way is on a main bus route in Lincoln, and the group meets in daylight hours. This means that people without transport are also able to drop-in to the weekly meetings easily.
Stuart Pearson, aged 65, joined the group over two years ago after his wife died in 2013 from cervical cancer. Stuart said:
“This group has been absolutely fantastic for me; it has been such a support over the years. It makes a huge difference because when you lose your partner, you suddenly find you’re on your own.
“I urge anybody who is considering coming along to take the plunge and join us.”
The group regularly raises an amazing amount of money for St Barnabas Hospice, and their overall fundraising total is over £9,000 since they were formed seven years ago.
The group is run by volunteer, Brenda Page, whose husband died at the Hospice in 2009, following a two year battle with Leukaemia. Brenda said:
“This group is so important, as some people can’t talk to counsellors in the same way as they feel they can talk to us. We just want people to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Our groups are full of fun and laughter, and we all agree that we have made friends for life by attending each week.
“Although we discuss bereavement and support each other with it, we also have tea and biscuits, play games, run quizzes and take part in a raffle! All we ask is that each person brings £2 and a small raffle prize each week to keep this going.
“Raising money for St Barnabas is our way of giving back to a charity which has helped many of our members and their loved ones. My advice would be that if you’re struggling by yourself, give us a call or drop-in to one of our sessions and see what you think!”
For further details about joining this group, please contact Brenda Page on 01522 883 941.