Ron is a pensioner and lives on his own in Darwen. Feeling lonely in lockdown, Ron was introduced to LVP Telephone Befriender volunteer Catherine, and they have been chatting away ever since!

A huge thank you to our partner Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, for their fantastic article featuring LVP’s incredible Telephone Befrienders and the difference they’re making to people in the area.

To show how grateful he is for the difference Catherine makes to his life, Ron has composed a special poem of thanks to his wonderful volunteer. Click here to see a short video of Ron reading out his poem dedicated to Catherine. We challenge you not to well up a bit!

Read their uplifting story in full in BwD’s ‘The Shuttle’.

If you, or anyone you know, can spare an hour or so a week to phone vulnerable or lonely people like Ron, please apply here to be a Telephone Befriender via our website. Our friendly team with get in touch soon after you apply as we have more people to help like Ron, especially in the areas of Hyndburn, Wyre, West Lanacashire and Rossendale.