Budleigh Christmas meal for the lonely elderly folk

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 December 2016

Margaret Levin,Lynda Girardot,Jean Tribble,Janet Pester and Margaret Daniels promote their upcoming lunch at Budleigh Age Concern. Ref exb 48-16TI 2810. Picture: Terry Ife

Margaret Levin,Lynda Girardot,Jean Tribble,Janet Pester and Margaret Daniels promote their upcoming lunch at Budleigh Age Concern. Ref exb 48-16TI 2810. Picture: Terry Ife

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A Budleigh Salterton charity is reaching out to elderly members of the community living alone this Christmas.

Volunteers and trustees from Age Concern traditionally organise a Christmas meal for their members every year and this year will be inviting elderly people in the town to join them

In the past, Age Concern has organised for its members to be taken for a festive meal.

The Venture Hall, in Moor Lane, has been hired out and anyone aged 50 or older can get a three-course Christmas meal.

Age Concern chairman Graham Taylor, a former GP in the town, said: “We want to reach out to more people in the community and acknowledge it’s not fun being alone at Christmas time.

“We are hoping to encourage those who are alone to come along because so many of the elderly find it difficult to make that first step.”

Age Concern will be providing transport from Exmouth and around Budleigh free of charge, although donations are welcome. There is wheelchair access for the hall and the bus.

Mr Taylor added that since Age Concern was an independent charity, it was very grateful for any donations made.

Taking place at 11am on Wednesday, December 21, guests will be treated to a performance from the Budleigh Ladies’ Choir while they enjoy their festive meal.

The lunch will be served with a complimentary glass of wine and there will be a Christmas raffle - and Father Christmas is due to attend.

Age Concern is also holding a garage sale to raise funds for the charity on Saturday, December 17, at 15 Westfield Road.

Tickets for the lunch cost £7 and anyone who wants to make a reservation should see manager Janet Pester at the Norman Centre, Station Road, between 10am and 3pm.

For more information, ring 01395 445510 or email ageconcernbudleigh@btconnect.com

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