Befriending – Testimonials

Testimonial from Sarah Jarvis, Grand daughter of Ethel Thomas

“I am writing to thank Surrey Heath Age Concern for finding a wonderful fun loving befriender into my grandma’s life. Before March 2020, Suzanne was visiting Ethel each week. Ethel loves talking about when she went dancing and places she has lived and her love for cooking too. I am very grateful that I was able to meet both Suzanne and Angela in the garden last year (adhering to the COVID regulations), we had a joyous meet up chatting about Ethel and how we were keeping ourselves busy.

I would like to thank Suzanne for writing to Ethel each week, I know the carers give her the cards to read. Suzanne’s love and kindness is a blessing, Ethel’s family are truly thankful for the love and support. We would like to think Ethel inspires others to be happy and laugh and be grateful for the good things in life which make us all smile. They did laugh in Boots when I told them the nine compacts were essential items for my grandma and that they may only last a month or two! “How old is your grandma” they asked, “103yrs” I replied “OMG yes it is essential.

Thank you for being there for our grandma and for all the people you help”

Testimonial from Maite (Befriender)

“I joined the befriend service because I wanted to give back and have an impact on a specific person.

Over the years, I have supported other charities by raising money. Although it was a great feeling to be able to contribute, I realized it was not really fulfilling me.

I wanted to know that my efforts would be supporting a person and that would require my time commitment not money.

I have found the experience very rewarding. I love the opportunity to share my time, my life and memories with my befriender.

It has been a very nice surprise to realise how easy it was to find commonalities, things to talk about and enjoy each other’s company.”



“I am so lucky to have L, she’s a great friend.”
“He’s a real gent. H and I always have something to chat about.”
“Without J, I’d be quite lonely. She’s a good friend I can’t wait to see her again.”
“P is a real tonic, he is a good friend”