Huge Congratulations to Gail Millar our CEO and Founder on receiving a Coronation Champions Award.

The #CoronationChampionsAwards, launched by @RoyalVoluntaryService, celebrates the work of extraordinary people who make a difference in their community across the UK.

Find out more about the awards here:

Congratulations all and we hope you enjoy your celebrations!

“I am so delighted that Gail, and the work of Befriended, has received this recognition from His Majesty the King. Isolation and loneliness are a cause of deep suffering in the lives of huge numbers of older people across Sussex, and Gail has worked with inspirational passion to bring the blessing of connection and companionship to so many people.”

The Bishop of Horsham, Ruth Bushyager

We’re so pleased Gail has received this award in recognition of her amazing work serving the community in Mid-Sussex. Gail’s compassion for those who are isolated and lonely has made a difference to so many lives. We were so glad to partner with Befriended in the Winter Blanket appeal – what a brilliant and loving response to the cost of living crisis. Congratulations Gail and all the team at Befriended.”

Jim Partridge, Senior Pastor, Kings Church, Burgess Hill

Befriended has been such a blessing to so many – and also to our church, The Point. Gail has a wonderful way of inspiring and motivating people to get involved, and all our volunteers receive much more than they give through the brilliant work that Befriended does here in Mid Sussex. We are all delighted that Gail and Stuart are receiving this award which is richly deserved.

Will Kemp, Vicar at The Point Church Burgess Hill

Befriended is a charity born out of a desire and passion for making a difference in the lives of lonely, isolated older people living in Mid Sussex. We’ve been a registered Charity, since 2017, and offer a range of services include face to face befriending, care and residential home visits by our chaplaincy team, community events, monthly afternoon teas, bereavement courses, and Befriended Balance; a weekly exercise class for the over 65s


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On July 1st we were treated to a wonderful performance from Wings Youth Theatre who performed songs from JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. We loved it so much, its become our next outing for Befriended Bus Trips! Sign up by emailing Lucy-, or give us a ring, we love to chat.

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A huge thank you to our amazing team of volunteers. They are the lifeblood of befriended and without whom we would struggle to support as many people as we do.

Our volunteers all commit in different ways and we are grateful to every one of them and the time they so graciously give.

Befriended Blankets

Snuggly’ Befriended Blankets on their way to those who need them

Anna Chaplains in mid-Sussex are pioneering the mass gift of blankets to older people feeling the cold this winter. Every thermal blanket from charity Befriended in Burgess Hill includes a goodwill message.

Gail Millar, Anna Chaplain and founder of the charity hopes as many as a thousand blankets will be distributed by local churches to needy older people. Gail has been speaking about the initiative on BBC Radio Sussex in this week of the World Day of Kindness.…/c89b6f…

She said the blankets are ‘super snuggly’ and just like ‘being wrapped in God’s love’


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