I visited the Brigitte Trust in Dorking on 26th February 2020, to present a cheque for £2,000. This will go towards funding their programme into reducing isolation and loneliness for people across Surrey facing a terminal diagnosis.
About the Charity
The Brigitte Trust offers free emotional support and practical help at home to people and their families facing cancer, MND, MS, heart and lung failure and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Surrey.
The charity was set up by Dorking resident, Brigitte Watkin, thirty years ago to support people at the end of life in their own homes. It offers support and respite to their care givers and emotional support to the wider family too, plus bereavement support if it is requested.
My visit to The Brigitte Trust
I met Lucy Beach, Charity Manager, who explained that the charity has 110 volunteers, who are currently supporting 200 terminally ill clients right across Surrey. The Charity also provides support group sessions at its office in Dorking.
These types of charities are quite rare and the only similar organisation I have visited in the South East of England is Paul’s Cancer Support in Wandsworth.