A King’s Lynn-based charity which supports terminally ill people and their families has been officially launched.

Solace End of Life Support is to provide a range of free, round-the-clock services including  counselling, befriending and one-to-one home support.

West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby and his wife Linda attended the opening event at Bishops House in the Tuesday Market Place last Thursday.

An end of life team from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital also attended, along with representatives from Macmillian Cancer Support and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Shelley Lamprell-Josephs, who founded the charity, said: “The launch went very well.  We are training eight volunteers until the end of November and should be up and running early December.”

Ms Lamprell-Josephs, who was a nurse for 15 years, qualified as a psychotherapist three years ago.

She has also volunteered at hospices and for Marie Curie.

“The more I got into it, I realised there was a gap in end of life care.

“And after my assignment on palliative care I had health professionals contact me to ask how to make end of life care better.”

Ms Lamprell-Josephs said that talking about death could be difficult.

“It’s a tough subject,” she said.

“We are all going to face it one way or another, but if people can speak about it maybe they can cope with it better.”

She added Solace End of Life Support was looking for more volunteers, including help with office roles.

To volunteer or find out more about the charity,  call 01553 617821 or visit the Facebook page.