Volunteers are the top priority for Haverhill lunch club

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Volunteers are still desperately needed if a lunch club for older people is to open in Haverhill in just over one month’s time as planned.

The Leiston Soup-a-Lunch Club is due to be held for the first time at the Leiston Community Centre between 11am and 2pm on Tuesday, March 17 after which it will be held at the same location on the third Tuesday of each month.

The project is being set up by Age UK Suffolk’s west area community involvement liaison officer, Gavin Hodge and volunteer Joan Key, but it cannot get off the ground unless volunteers are found to serve as treasurer and secretary to the club.

Mrs Key said: “It will only be an hour or two a month that we will be asking for.

“They don’t have to actually go to the lunches. Any paperwork or money will be brought or sent to them.

“It’s just really so we can have a proper constitution.

“We can’t have a proper bank account without these officers and we can’t have a lunch club without a bank account.”

Mrs Key is a now trying to attract the attention of mums who may have some spare time to help after dropping off their younger children at school.

Posters have been given out at the Clements Primary School, David Holland Pharmacy, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, while Mrs Key also hopes to distribute them in other places.

She added: “When the club starts we will need a few volunteers to help dish out the soup and things and of course to talk to the people when they come.”

Potential volunteers can call Mrs Key on 01440 703216.