Reading Friends in Staffordshire was highlighted on the Lottery Good Causes pages in November 2020, featuring the story of Denise and Monica and how poems built a lockdown friendship.
In the early stages of lockdown, Denise was reluctant to answer the phone for fear of bursting into tears. As full-time carer for her husband, she already felt isolated, and lockdown meant she began to feel increasingly lonely. She realised that what she needed was a friend. She heard about Reading Friends and got her first call from Reading Befriender Monica in April 2020.