A Vital Lifeline - The Directory Group

A vital lifeline

A dedicated project in Hampshire that supports people with disabilities stay safe is set to receive a vital lifeline from Petersfield-based FitzRoy.

The national charity, supporting people with disabilities, is launching a major fundraising campaign – Love4Life – to raise £74,000 to save Stars in the Sky, a volunteer-led grassroots organisation that helps those with disabilities when they go out, meet people online, and look for love.

Anna Galliford, chief executive at FitzRoy, explained: “We’re setting up Love4Life to fundraise to save Stars in the Sky, as it does a vital job preventing loneliness and helping people with disabilities find love and enjoy life. The sad reality is that for many people with learning disabilities the chance of finding love is impossible because they face abuse and harm when going out, or using online dating services. Because of this they can end up lonely and isolated.”

Mark Foster, a volunteer at Stars in the Sky, commented: “This project is the reason a quiet lonely man or woman with mental health issues leaves the relative security of their bedroom. It is the reason they brave public transport knowing they will likely be stared at or whispered about. The reason they step out of their comfort zone. It gives them the very thing that we all crave: friends, understanding, warmth, love, and a feeling of belonging.

“The few hours at each event is a time to share problems with people who are going through the same thing. They can share their thoughts without fear of being judged, laughed at or looked down upon.”

To find out more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit: www.fitzroy.org/Love4Life

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley