Stuart Scarbrough, WAY Member

Stuart Scarbrough

Appointed March 2016. Re-appointed March 2019.

"After finding myself widowed at 31 with two small children to bring up, I was fortunate enough to find WAY Widowed and Young six months later.  As devastating as my situation was, knowing that there was support at the end of a phone - or online - gave me strength to face each day.  Years later, I am still finding new challenges each day, but knowing that those people I have met through our unique support network will be there for me at every hurdle is a huge help.

As a WAY trustee, I want to ensure that I play my part in continuing to promote and publicise the charity, so that every person who is eligible, knows about us and is able to reach out and join us. WAY is more than just a charity. It is a community full of people who both need support and are wanting to support each other. I hope that those who need a voice can count on me to represent them.

A big part of WAY, for me, is the events - whether local coffee meets or nationwide trips to Centerparcs. This is where lifelong friendships are formed, and I find these a fundamental part of the organisation. I hope to promote these events and ensure that meet ups are accessible to all members so we can all enrich our turbulent lives."

You don't have to face widowhood alone.

If you've lost your partner before your 51st birthday and live in the UK – whether you were married or not, with or without children, whatever your sexual orientation, race or religion – you are welcome to join us.

Joining up to WAY takes minutes and costs just £25 a year, which can be paid either by direct debit or PayPal.