Members' Stories

WAY’s Big Picnic Weekend: A celebration of friendship and support

May 2024

The sun came out for WAY’s Big Picnic weekend, encouraging more than 400 WAY members, friends and family to roll out their picnic blankets at 29 picturesque locations across the country – from Cornwal…

Vicki’s story: Taking on one of UK’s toughest challenges to raise funds for WAY

May 2024

WAY member Vicki explains why she is taking on one of the UK’s toughest physical challenges to raise funds for our charity…

WAY members treated to Oxford bus tour for Big Picnic weekend

May 2024

WAY members were invited for an exclusive guided bus tour of Oxford to mark Big Picnic weekend

Charles’ epic challenge: Running 100km for WAY

May 2024

WAY member Charles is taking part in an epic 100km challenge for WAY in May 2024 to help support other young widowed people across the UK…

Walking this WAY: Ed's Story

May 2024

WAY member Ed has walked hundreds of miles and raised more than £10,000 for WAY since his wife died. With more fundraising challenges in store in 2024, Ed shares how walking and WAY have helped...

Healing through helping others: Matt’s story

Apr 2024

WAY member Matt talks about how he wanted to help other people who’d been widowed at a young age by organising events in his local area - from curry nights to car maintenance…

Kiltwalk Challenge: Veronica’s story

Apr 2024

WAY’s National Volunteer Manager Veronica Currie explains why she’s walking more than 80 miles through Scotland’s biggest cities to raise funds for WAY in memory of her late husband, who would have tu…

How art helped WAY member Erin to heal after her wife died

Apr 2024

WAY member Erin explains how art helped her to find an outlet for her grief after her wife died on New Year’s Eve…

Tracking down lost assets: How WAY member Lucy is helping young widowed people in their search

Apr 2024

On Thursday, 18 April, WAY member and financial advisor Lucy Logan is due to appear in an ITV documentary called Claim Your Cash: Britain’s Hidden Fortune alongside fellow member Clare, talking about …

Scaling new heights with WAY

Apr 2024

WAY member Liz shares how a recent activity weekend with fellow WAY members helped her and her three boys to scale new heights, literally…

Meet two WAY volunteers making a difference in their communities

Mar 2024

Meet two WAY volunteers making a difference in their communities

World Poetry Day

Mar 2024

For World Poetry Day, we are pleased to share two incredibly moving poems penned by two talented WAY members Charlotte and Jackie and a third one written by the son of one of our members, Richard, whi…

Rebuilding my life: Zoe's story

Mar 2024

WAY volunteer Zoe lost her partner to a road traffic collision in October 2020. She explains how she’s started to rebuild her own life after his death…

Elanor's Story

Mar 2024

Elanor was pregnant with their daughter when her partner Robin was killed in a road traffic collision. She shares her story and how the support she found following his death helped her...

Dad and husband: Pete's Story

Mar 2024

My journey and what brought me into what I do now as CEO/Founder of the charity Mummy’s Star, began back in mid-2012 when my wife Mair and I learnt that we were to become parents again...

Lone parenting is an extreme sport with no training

Feb 2024

WAY member Meredith reflects on the relentlessness of widowed parenting – and the importance of asking for help…

National Day of Reflection: Looking back on four years since being widowed to Covid-19

Feb 2024

WAY Ambassador Emma Charlesworth reflects on the rollercoaster of emotions she has navigated since her husband Charlie died after contracting Covid-19 four years ago…

Ramadan as a widowed Muslim mother: Ruba’s story

Feb 2024

We understand how difficult this month can be without your loved one, especially this year when the start of the month coincides with Mother’s Day.

Anushka’s story: Navigating secondary losses on Mother’s Day

Feb 2024

WAY member Anushka was on the brink of countless adventures with her partner Max when he died suddenly in March 2020 at the age of just 33.

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.

“I will always remain a member of WAY as I know that my membership helps WAY to continue to support other members and reach out to new members.

Since WAY has made such a difference to me after being widowed young, I want to do all that I can to help that support continue” - WAY member, Jenny