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"I collapsed, really. I just lost my confidence…"

Les and Patricia Campsie

Les Campsie flourished in the RAF as part of his National Service in the 1950s. When he was affected by intense grief after losing his wife Patricia, we simply could not leave him to fight this and loneliness on his own.

At home serving in Egypt

The moment Les joined the RAF in 1950, he felt right at home. During his time in Egypt as a postal clerk, he grew very close to each member of his close-knit squadron and thrived in an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie.

Losing his lifelong companion

Sadly, when Patricia died last year, Les no longer felt himself and became increasingly withdrawn. His lifelong companion was no longer by his side — and he suddenly found himself alone after being with her for six decades. "I collapsed, really. I just lost my confidence", Les says.

Thanks to your compassion, we could offer Les one-to-one counselling sessions through Cruse Bereavement Care, allowing him to talk about his loss and manage his grief over time.

Find out more about support to help you through bereavement

Among friends again

Les also joined one of our telephone friendship groups, where he enjoys chatting and laughing with fellow RAF veterans every week.

Today, Les has recovered his self-confidence, and says he feels as if he is 'among friends' once again — just like he did during his service all those years ago.

This could only have happened because of the kind gifts that people like you give, which help fund every one of our vital services. Thank you so much.

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