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Volunteers needed to get Haverhill lunch club started

The Leiston Centre
The Leiston Centre

Volunteers are needed to help ensure a much sought after lunch club can get up and running in Haverhill.

The groundwork has already been done by Joan Key and Gavin Hodge, Age UK Suffolk’s community involvement liaison officer, West, for the club to meet at the Leiston Centre once a month.

It will be called the Leiston Soup-a-Lunch club and the provisional plan is to hold it on the third Tuesday of each month, starting on March 17 - if the centre is available.

The idea for the lunch club was put to Mr Hodge by Mrs Key when he visited one of the regular Monday coffee mornings she runs at the centre.

It is an initiative that Mrs Key, of Fritton Court, believes to be of importance to a lot of people.

She said: “Over the years I’ve read various reports about people not eating properly and I have felt for a long time that there’s been a need for this.

“I’m eager for it to happen and he wants it to happen as well.”

A questionnaire sent out by Age UK Suffolk showed a high level of demand from people in the area for a lunch club at the centre and a subsequent public meeting provided more support for the idea.

Age UK Suffolk received a £200 grant towards the lunch club from St Edmundbury Borough Councillor Paul McManus, but to access the money a committee needs to be formed and a bank account opened.

This cannot be done unless volunteers come forward to become chairman, secretary and treasurer on the committee.

Mrs Key said: “It isn’t just helping people’s isolation, it’s no fun cooking for one and people are not having a balanced diet.

“It’s important for people to have a balanced diet and to enjoy some company.”

Anyone who can help should contact Mrs Key on 01440 703216.

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