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Joy at group growth

Bev Sykes, front row, far left has put together a Just Good Friends group at St Annes YMCA

Bev Sykes, front row, far left has put together a Just Good Friends group at St Annes YMCA

 

The founder of a Fylde friendship group has praised its success after membership numbers grew to more than 100 in just 18 months.

Bev Sykes, of Just Good Friends, established the group to provide an opportunity for anyone in the Fylde area who may be feeling lonely, isolated or in need of a bit of help to meet on a weekly basis.

She said the group’s growth was down to hard work of volunteers: “From its beginnings in September 2012 with just a handful of members the group has grown to over 100, of all ages and abilities, with 35 regularly attending the meetings.

“The success is down to support from local businesses, St Annes Town Council, councillors, MP Mark Menzies, our patron Anne Nolan, the Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, The Express and a proactive committee of four volunteers, events organisers, members secretary, and volunteers from the group helping at each meeting.

“Their help has meant that the group is now fully insured, holds a second weekly meeting and recruiting more men to join the group.”

Bev said the highlight of the year was appearing on BBC1’s The One Show as part of the national launch of Silver Line – the helpline for older people set up by Esther Rantzen, which is based in Wesham.

Just Good Friends meets every Wednesday in the Palace Rooms on Garden Street in St Anne from 10.30am to 1pm and every Saturday at the YMCA on St Albans Road, St Anne’s on the Sea from 2 to 4pm.

For more information about the group contact Bev on 07557 734233.

 

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