Lunch club lands £1,000 Vodafone windfall

PUBLISHED: 10:21 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 27 November 2014

Ben Blackmore and Rianne Hicks of Vodafone present a cheque to Rev'd Simon Atkinson of Brixington community church for the seniors lunch club. Ref exe 8672-48-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

Ben Blackmore and Rianne Hicks of Vodafone present a cheque to Rev'd Simon Atkinson of Brixington community church for the seniors lunch club. Ref exe 8672-48-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

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Organisers of a Brixington lunch club have been gifted £1,000 to help them continue to serve cheap, nutritious, hot meals to senior citizens.

Brixington Community Church’s seniors’ lunch club was chosen by the Journal and Vodafone as winners of the phone company’s Community Connection Award.

Vodafone recently linked up with the Journal. Community organisations were asked to nominate projects which benefit residents and needed a cash injection. Judges then went through the entries and the Brixington group was selected.

More than 50 people use the five-year-old lunch club, giving them the chance to socialise and reconnect with old friends.

The group also transports those who cannot manage to get there under their own steam.

The Reverend Simon Atkinson thanked Vodafone and the Journal. “We are a non-profit-making project, which means we are able to offer good, healthy, hot meals at a low-cost, and, as we use volunteers, we have few overheads,” he said. “But we were in need of replacing an old fridge, which now doesn’t comply with the current regulations, and a water boiler to help us serve teas and coffees.”

Exmouth Vodafone store manager Wayne Donnelly said: “We are delighted to be giving our Community Connection Award to the Seniors’ Lunch Club. It’s a fantastic organisation.”

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