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Boost for vulnerable people in Haverhill


By Sammi Nice


Staff at Axa Insurance, Haverhill, with a representative from Enterprise presenting a cheque to Marilyn Bennett of the Befriending Scheme ANL-150204-121503001
Staff at Axa Insurance, Haverhill, with a representative from Enterprise presenting a cheque to Marilyn Bennett of the Befriending Scheme ANL-150204-121503001

Vulnerable people in Haverhill will be thrown a life-line as a local befriending scheme has received a grant to help their work.

The Befriending Scheme relies on volunteers to spend time helping vulnerable adults.

On Thursday, April 2, they received a £1,000 donation from car rental company, Enterprise’s Enterprise foundation.

“They’re a nice group of people,” said Enterprise’s Monica Flores. “We are pleased to be able to help in any way we can.

“This is just one of the ways we hope we can help. We’ll ask our employees if they’d consider volunteering some of their time.”

The donation from Enterprise came when an employee of Axa Insurance in Haverhill, who also volunteers at the Befriending Scheme, approached Axa’s partner company, Enterprise, for help with funding.

Marilyn Bennett, of the Befriending Scheme, was grateful for the support. She highlighted to work of the organisation and its reliance upon volunteers to carry on.

“We literally have to rely on funding to survive,” said Marilyn. “We are a registered charity and help people with learning disabilities and vulnerable adults.

“We need to raise funds to keep our charity afloat. The money goes towards equipment, training sessions for our volunteers and trips out for our members.

“This money will make a huge difference and will go a long way.

“We lost quite a bit of funding from the county council and lottery fund. We’ve had to make our own way.

“We are always looking for volunteers. All kinds of people with different skills make good volunteers. They could be good at crafts of gardening.”

Anyone looking to help or to volunteer with the Befriending Scheme, should contact 01787 371333.



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