When A Friend Calls . . .


In time of the Covid-19 crisis, it seems we all need a friend.

It’s heartening to see the British public rally round and help others less fortunate. The unprecedented work of NHS and key public service workers shines out, of course.

And from shopping, walking pets, to keeping in touch over the phone or through social media, most of us can help in some capacity or another.

“Friend” writer Alison Carter was in touch with us recently to share a great story of doing just that . . .

This is what Alison said to me in a recent e-mail:

I was forwarded a call-out placed on helpfulpeeps.com from a local nursing home, Adelaide House. Residents there are in tedious self-isolation and desperate for (specifically) copies of the ‘Friend’.

I delivered about thirty back copies (2017- present) last week, and the residents were thrilled and wanted more. So, later today, I will use my daily exercise to deliver another sixty or so. I regret losing my stash of magazines with my fiction in them, but this is the moment to hand them over, clearly!

I now own a lovely image of two ladies, Joyce and Olive, reading copies of the magazine.

Everyone needs someone

I love that! What a selfless act, and something that the residents would have been delighted about. After passing on Alison’s e-mail to our Communications team, DC Thomson sent a further 60 back issues of the “Friend” down to Adelaide House.

Looking out for others is especially important during these trying days. Not only family and friends, but those who might not have anyone to call upon.

The words “everyone needs someone” have inspired countless poems and songs over the years.

Our magazine has always been about its caring readers.

So the least the “Friend” can do is reach out and help them think of happier times.

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Alan Spink

Alan is a member of the “Friend” Fiction Team. He enjoys working closely with writers and being part of the creative process, which sees storytelling ideas come to fruition. A keen reader, he also writes fiction and enjoys watching football and movies in his spare time. His one tip to new writers is “write from your imagination”.