Befriender raises £1000 for charity

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A Kincardine and Deeside befriending volunteer and her husband have raised £1000 for charity.

Laureen and her husband Mike took part in the Oil and Gas Technology, Ride the North on September 21 and 22. Cycling 165 miles from Inverness to Aberdeen.

Laureen became a volunteer befriender with Kincardine and Deeside Befriending last year and has been visiting John for nearly a year. John is 97 years old and sadly lost his wife some time ago. John has limited mobility.

Laureen said: “Before I became a befriender I did not appreciate the difference one can make to an older person’s life by giving up a couple of hours a week. Although I work as a teacher and lead a busy life I always make sure that I don’t miss my weekly visits to John.

“I love spending time with him. John has led such an interesting and active live and we share an interest in music and art. He says that he looks forward to the visits, that my companionship gives him a break from feeling lonely and it gives him a chance to get out of the house”

All of the money which Mike and Laureen raised is going to Kincardine & Deeside Befriending which is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout the Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender.

A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support, and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information visit www.kdbefriending.org.uk or call 01330 823368 or 01569 765714.