Club can help people who’ve lost loved one

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A club in Sudbury is appealing for widowers to join them and help prevent loneliness.

“In and around Sudbury, I am sure there must be many husbands whose wives have died,” said Jennie Leech, chairman of To Help Each Other, better known as Theo.

“It is a sad fact, but true, that men do not join things and are probably sitting at home on their own, lonely and grieving.

“We just want people to know that we are here for them.”

Mrs Leech believes women are more likely to join local groups, therefore making new friends and developing new interests.

Theo is a social club for anyone who is bereaved. The club does not offer counselling, but offers friendship and the company of people who are, or have been, going through the same grieving process.

Mrs Leech said: “It is very hard, when you suddenly find yourself alone, to carry out normal everyday things and, for men, it is much more difficult when they don’t get out and slowly pick up some semblance of a life.

“This is where Theo helps. We have two meetings a month, and usually an evening meal or a Sunday lunch.

“At present, we have at present four male members, but we would very much like to welcome more men, not only for their own sake, but because men have different skills and views.

“It would be a great bonus for the further development of the club.”

The club meets at The Friends Meeting House, Sudbury, on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7.30pm.

Transport may be made available on request. The cost of different activities varies, with annual subscription set at £12.

Anyone interested in joining should call Mrs Leech on 01787 373684 or email jennieleech@btinternet.com.

Further information is available at http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/service.page?id-moYMkiZHTvI.