A South Tyneside widow has praised Age UK for the help they gave her when she lost her husband.
Marianne Robinson, 72, found herself suffering from anxiety and was depressed after the death of her husband Brian, a former firefighter, nine years ago.
As a full-time carer to her son Brian, 47, who suffers from learning difficulties, Marianne found herself struggling to cope.
But thanks to Age UK, Marianne was able to get the help and advice she needed when dealing with her finances and seeking support. Marianne got in touch with the service after a collegue of her late husband’s pointed her in the direction of Age UK.
“When my husband died, a man from Age UK came round and told me about insurance and sorted it out for me,” she said.
“Then when I started having problems again, I picked up an Age UK leaflet from the doctors and I thought about it and I thought about it, and called Age UK again. I had a lady called Allison come to visit me from Age UK and they came and helped me out with things around the home. I couldn’t be more grateful to them. I have told everybody if you need help please go to Age UK.”
Marianne who also has a daughter Melanie, 45, and two grandsons she sees twice a week, said it was the assistance the service helped her with that kept her going. She will now look forward to starting an Age UK computer course in January.
“You get old and suddenly you can’t function any more, especially if there is a death in the family,” she said. “Volunteers are essential to the service and there is a definite need for more volunteers.”