West Norfolk Befriending chief executive Pippa May

A £7,600 grant will be used to tackle loneliness and social isolation among older people in West Norfolk.

The donation from Norfolk Freemasons will help West Norfolk Befriending to stay in contact with hundreds of lonely and isolated older people who may otherwise have no meaningful social contact.

The charity, based in King’s Lynn, provides trained volunteer “befrienders” to visit people who are unable to leave their homes, as well as various community social events, such as lunches and coffee mornings, and one-to-one visits to people in care homes.

Charity chief executive Pippa May said: “We’re very grateful for the generous grant from Norfolk Freemasons, which will help us to stay in contact with hundreds of local older people who would otherwise not have meaningful contact with another human being from one week to the next.”

Stephen Allen, head of Norfolk Freemasons, added: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help West Norfolk Befrienders with their hugely important work. 

“It’s so important elderly lonely and often housebound people in our community are not left without regular social contact.”