The grant of £5,500 was awarded in a cheque presentation from the Chair of Hall Bank Trust, Roddie MacLean, and fellow trustee Roy Pickles, who presented the cheque to Connex’s Befriending Coordinators Emma Wilson and Rachael Mitchell. One of the older people whom Connex supports, Edna Campbell, also attended the cheque presentation with Pat Gyongyosi, her volunteer befriender . Edna is a real advocate of the Befriending service and has recently been working with Pat to write down her memoirs as a dancer and dance teacher in Buxton. Also present were the Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak, Councillor Paul Hardy and Mrs Mary Hardy.
Connex would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Hall Bank Trust for supporting us. Their help is so very important, especially when the last 18 months has highlighted the importance of Befriending services for isolated or lonely older people, who found themselves even more alone during lockdowns and social restrictions. The grant money will help us to continue our telephone befriending service alongside our face to face befriending visits, enable us to publicise the service more widely so more people find out about the help and companionship we can offer, and help us to recruit more new volunteer befrienders.