Befriended is a charity born out of a desire and passion to make a difference in the lives of lonely, isolated older people living in Mid Sussex. As a registered Charity, since 2017, we offer several different services enabling us to reach towards this goal; to include face to face befriending, care home 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.

Acts of Kindness

Our Acts of Kindness Service is our immediate response to current circumstances and issues. Our current project, Befriended Blankets, is in response to the large number of clients who have expressed their fear to us of heating their homes in this cost-of-living crisis. Jack and Harry, (two clients of Befriended visits), are testament to this; unable to pay for the cost of night storage heaters, they play sudoku in a windowless laundry room to stay warm.

Age UKs Director Caroline Abrahams, recently commented: “Last winter due to the cold there were nearly 46,000 excess winter deaths amongst people aged 65 and over – a shocking 92 per cent of all excess deaths – equating to 379 older people a day. These distressing figures are now the highest we’ve seen in over 40 years.”   

Our goal is £5000.00 for 200 blankets. Listen to Befriended’s radio interview here.

To order and/or donate, please complete our

Befriended Blankets Request Form

A gift of £25.00 will pay for one blanket to be distributed to an older person in need in Mid Sussex.

Together we can make a difference to those in our community who are lonely and isolated.

NewBefriended Balance ! . Come and join us every Wednesday at 1330 Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint

Next Tea Party – Sunday 4th December

Befriended received a “commendation” in the Stronger Communities category of the Mid Sussex Applauds Awards 2020