Mary lives in North Walsham with her dog Pippa. She has mobility issues and her family relationships are tricky.
The big smile on her face in this photo is down to those in the town’s Good Neighbours Scheme whom Mary now counts as friends.
The contact she already had with GNS was ramped up when pandemic struck. A new befriending system came quickly into being and Mary was just one of many benefitting hugely from rotating contact with several befrienders who supported her through bleak times. Other volunteers took her food and medication and linked her with additional care providers.
Since then, the care has gone on and on… Mary’s been lent a powered wheelchair, been taken shopping, enjoyed face to face visits, a garden makeover and treats on her birthday. Without the GNS, she, like so many, would be entirely alone. With them, she feels known and loved.
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