Community Bees are devastated to share the news of our good friend Sylvie passing awaySylvie had struggled with her hoarding for over 20 years before we met her in 2019 (See her story), but after we had helped transform her home, we started to get out and about with her and having coffee together. She slowly started to meet other people, build up her confidence and enjoy her time. She was a great crafter and loved having her space again to enjoy her creativity.
She loved a good market and was always there with us at St Crux, volunteering to lend a hand at our Christmas markets, helping raise vital funds for Community Bees.
She always wanted to help others and by bravely sharing her story with us, she shone a spotlight on the plight of people suffering from hoarding in York. Her story was covered throughout the country and has lead to over 300 people being helped in the last three years. Three hundred of the most isolated people, who society seemed to have forgotten.
Sylvie will be greatly missed, not just as a client, but as a friend to me, Michaela, and our other volunteers.