A STOCKTON Heath mum-of-one will use her experience dealing with heartache to help others suffering from grief.

Marsha Roberts, 39, who also volunteers at St Thomas' Church, on London Road, is launching Warrington Grief Support Group on May 26.

Services will offer 'companionship and understanding' to anybody in need of support following the death of a loved one.

Marsha said: "I want to help people as I have gone through grief myself when my mum, Eleanor, died seven and a half years ago – I know how hard it is.

"I remember at the time I did not want to do one-to-one counselling, I wanted a group style of therapy.

"When someone you love dies, it's common to feel isolated.

"I want people to discover there are others who have the same kind of feelings they do and understand the hurt they feel.

"It can be so difficult but it is about understanding your feelings and knowing other people are going through a similar situation – that will help people feel like they are not alone.

"We will offer a counsellor-led friendly, supportive and confidential group environment for people."

Marsha, who completed her counselling training at Warrington Collegiate last September, will be joined by trainee counsellor Gemma Ellison.

The organisation is also applying for funding through the council and is hoping to secure it towards the end of the year.

Despite the venture, Marsha will continue supporting the church when she can.

She added: "This group is my priority now but I will still help with the fundraising side of things at the church."

The launch night at the end of the month will take place at Fairfield and Howley's community hub, on Fairfield Street, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

It is free to attend and refreshments will be available.

For further information visit Warrington Grief Support Group on Facebook.