Widows can become Jolly Dollies with a new group.
Gaye Hubbard from Great Gransden and Carolyn Bain from Biggleswade have started a local branch of The Jolly Dollies.
The Jolly Dollies is a fairly new national organisation with branches being set up by widows around the country. The aim is give women who have lost their partner the chance to socialise and support each other.
Gaye, 69, said: “I happened to buy the Good Housekeeping magazine and I read the founder Yvonne Vann’s article. Her husband had passed away and the husband of another girl in the village where she lived had a similar illness and passed away. They got together and thought there must be hundreds of people like them in the same position.
“I thought I’d email and see if there was anybody my area.”
Gaye, of Popular Close, was put in touch with Carolyn, whose husband died early this year, and the two became good friends.
Gaye said: “14 years ago my husband, Clive, got pancreatic cancer. He went to Addenbrooke’s and they realised they couldn’t do anything.
“I was lucky because I had a lot of friends for support but having somebody to talk to in the same position would probably have been very nice at the time.”
The group is for women only but they can be of any age. The central organisation will be able to put you in touch with someone of your own age if you are particularly young, for example.
Members’ sessions could include going for coffee or dinner, visits to the theatre or cinema, walks and pub quiz nights.
To join the local group you must be a member of the main Jolly Dollies organisation, which costs £5 a month. You can join online at www.jollydollies.com or to have an informal chat with Gaye call her on 01767 677452.