Sarah is a fiercely independent lady brought up in the hard school of stoical self-reliance.

She refused any offer of help from the FoB volunteers at first, but we were able to help her out as best we could.

Roger Parkin, a volunteer, drove her to the registrar.

As he dropped her off he noticed that the lawn needed mowing – and she didn’t resist too hard when he suggested doing it because, as she said, she had so many other things to do.

While he was there he fixed a hinge on the garden gate.

She made him a cup of tea and they chatted about her husband, Richard.

It seemed to do her good to talk.

She didn’t need us after that – but she knew we were there for her.