Up in the Shetland Islands lives a furry friend who’s helping people feel less lonely.
For #OneKindThing, we’ve been asking you to do just one kind act for someone – to surprise them, to help them or to put a smile on their face.
A dog called George already has that box ticked.
Meet George’s owner, Gillian
Gillian Ramsay works as a Community Connector for the British Red Cross through our partnership with the Co-op. She supports people who feel cut off from their community. And she’s got first-hand experience of that.
Her family moved from Yorkshire to the Shetland Islands 28 years ago. Gillian was a successful businesswoman. Her life was turned upside down when her husband died in a house fire.
Losing her home to a fire was devastating, and her husband’s death was an even greater loss. Gillian shut herself off from friends and family.
Living in a very rural area meant that she barely had any human contact during this time of self-inflicted isolation. She felt totally alone.