Members' Stories

Volunteers’ Week: Celebrating WAY’s volunteers

Jun 2024

WAY’s National Volunteer Manager Veronica shares a round up of this month’s Volunteers’ Week.

Pride Month: Invitation to LGBT Switchboard webinar

Jun 2024

Find out more about the organisation LGBT Switchboard at an event for WAY members and volunteers…

Young widow organises Euro 2024 sweepstake to support widowed charity

Jun 2024

In memory of her late husband, a young widow has organised a Euro 2024 football sweepstake to raise funds for WAY Widowed and Young – the charity that has provided her with crucial support since her h…

Helen Bailey Blog Award: Meet our 2024 nominees

Jun 2024

Meet our nominees for the 2024 Helen Bailey Award for best blog

Derbyshire weekend: Making lifelong friends through WAY

Jun 2024

WAY member Kate shares her experiences of attending WAY’s Derbyshire weekend

Men’s Health Week: Helping men navigate bereavement

Jun 2024

To mark Men’s Health Week, we wanted to talk about men and bereavement, and how to help men navigate the challenges of losing their life partner at a young age…

Loneliness Awareness Week: the importance of looking after yourself in widowhood

Jun 2024

To mark this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week, WAY Ambassador Norman shares how his faith, WAY and singing have helped him to combat loneliness...

Men’s Health Week: David’s story

Jun 2024

To mark Men’s Health Week, WAY member David decribes how he is looking after his own mental and physical wellbeing since his wife died…

Widowed to Motor Neurone Disease: Rachel’s story

Jun 2024

Following the sad news of rugby star Rob Burrow’s death from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), WAY member Rachel speaks about her experience of being widowed to MND – and shares some advice for Rob’s widow…

Mandy Burrows Award: Meet our 2024 nominees

Jun 2024

Meet our wonderful 2024 nominees for WAY’s Mandy Burrows Award for making an outstanding contribution to our charity.

Building friendships through grief

May 2024

Katie and Nat joined WAY after losing their husbands Oli and Steve in December 2022. Katie was 31 and Nat was 34 at the time.

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 …

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“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