Lifeline for depressed and isolated men raffles off marvellous creations
PUBLISHED: 10:54 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 08 November 2016
Each handcrafted creation is being raffled to support the Men in Sheds programme
A programme dedicated to helping support men dealing with depression and isolation is offering to show off some of its finest achievements.
The Men in Sheds programme is launching a raffle for some of the wonderful creations handcrafted by its members.
A charming doll’s house, a donkey-and-cart-shaped garden planter and a traditional wooden Hoopla game are among the items created by fathers and grandfathers who visit the charity.
The group acts as a lifeline for men dealing with depression and isolation, and is run in Erith by Bexley Age UK.
Among the regular visitors is 85-year-old Les Clements.
The Welling pensioner joined after losing his wife, Eileen.
The great-grandfather said: “My wife suffered a stroke and I cared for her for eight years. It was hard when she passed away not to become downhearted and to let my mind dwell on tearful thoughts.
“That’s why I started to come to Men in Sheds, to focus on other things, stop myself from thinking about the sadness.
“I love it here, we can have a laugh and swap ideas. It’s great doing something so creative.”
The raffle was recently launched at Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath, and hopes to raise £1,000 for the charity, which relies heavily on grants and donations to keep on running.
Another member, Len Mitchell explained how the charity helped him conquer anxiety and depression while boosting his confidence.
The 73-year-old, from Crayford, said: “It took me a while to pluck up the courage to come along but once I did I never looked back.
“Everyone has been so welcoming. It’s a joy to be involved in something creative again.”
The raffle tickets can be bought from the group headquarters which is open at Christ Church Hall, Erith, from 9.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday.
Winners will drawn on December 10 at the church hall’s Christmas fair.
Anyone interested is welcome to call in for more information, contact project co-ordinator Sylvia Sime on 0208 300 0883 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/bexley/our-services/men-in-sheds/