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Anne Robson Trust

At the Anne Robson Trust, they believe that no one deserves to die alone. Everyone should have the comfort and companionship of another human being, and the support to prepare for the end of life.

They work to support people facing the end of life, whether their own or that of someone dear.

Their work includes:

  • Supporting hospitals to set up and run teams of end of life ‘Butterfly Volunteers’ to provide bedside companionship to patients on the ward in their final weeks or days, and emotional support to the patients’ visitors.
  • Running the Anne Robson Trust Helpline, staffed by specially trained volunteers, to provide listening and compassion to people facing the loss of someone they love and the feelings of isolation that can bring.
  • Enabling honest and open conversations about the end of life and the ways in which families can prepare for it, through our It’s Time to Talk podcast series and workshops.
  • Helping hospitals to fund and set up Family Hubs, staffed by Butterfly Volunteers, to provide a safe space for family members visiting a patient at the end of life to prepare for their visit and recover afterwards.

Telephone helpline service

If you or someone close to you is dying The Anne Robson Trust has launched a telephone helpline service to support anyone struggling with the imminent death of someone they care about by offering someone to talk to.

To contact the helpline simply call 0808 801 0688 Lines are open Monday - Friday 12 - 6 pm and calls are completely free from all mobiles and landlines. More information about the helpline and the Trust can be found by visiting

Who to contact

0808 801 0688
Visit the Anne Robson Trust website
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This page was last updated on: 19/07/2022

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