PRESS RELEASE: Tackling loneliness one Tuesday at a time

Leighton Buzzard have launched a monthly friendship club

Co-op Funeralcare Leighton Buzzard has launched a monthly friendship club for members of the community who have recently lost a loved one.

These informal meet-ups have been held since January, as colleagues at the funeral home were aware that many of their clients who had lost a loved one may be looking for companionship.

On the first Tuesday of every month, club members meet at the funeral home and partake in a range of activities including afternoon teas, movie nights, bingo, quizzes and crafts, with plenty of nibbles on offer.

Commenting on the Tuesday clubs, Funeral Arranger for Co-op Funeralcare, Leighton Buzzard Dorothy Green, said: “Having the courage to reach out to new people is difficult at any age, especially when you’re still grieving.

“It’s wonderful to see how our meetings have helped to forge new friendships, and it’s heart-warming to watch our member’s spend more and more time together in between our regular meet-ups.”

This is a cause that Co-op Funeralcare were keen to support, given their charity partnership with the British Red Cross and their campaign to tackle loneliness.

Tricia Earp, Operations Director for the British Red Cross in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, said: “With these monthly friendship clubs, Co-op Funeralcare Leighton Buzzard is providing a valuable service to the local community.

“Initiatives such as this underline why British Red Cross is so pleased to be working in partnership with the Co-operative Group to tackle the issue of loneliness and build on the work we are doing to improve the lives of people across the UK”. 

The latest Tuesday club which taught the members how to knit, was held on 3rdMay from 7:30pm at Co-op Funeralcare Leighton Buzzard, 67 Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4QA, which is where the club always holds its monthly meetings for those of you who want to join them. 

Funeral Arranger, Dorothy Green added: “We plan to make a patchwork blanket to donate to charity on the night, but our main aim is to learn how to knit British Legion poppies to sell in November, which is something that all of the ladies felt very passionately about.

“We would urge anyone to come and join us who is in need of a friendly ear, who feels lonely, or who just wants to get involved and meet other members of their local community.”

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Emily Penkett

PR Manager

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager

Catherine Turner

Head of PR