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Thursday, 15 May 2014 (3052058)
Lunch clubs to continue after bank's £5k donation
by Tom Martin

A CROSBY charity has been given a £5,000 cash boost so volunteers can continue to run a popular lunch club for elderly people.

Age Concern Crosby got the large grant from Santander as part of the bank's Foundation’s Community Plus initiative which provides funds for any projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The local organisation has been running weekly lunch clubs for more than 50 years and this donation will enable this project to continue for elderly residents.

The clubs, serving the areas of Crosby, Waterloo, Seaforth, Blundells and Thornton, help local pensioners avoid loneliness while ensuring they enjoy a good meal.

The grant will also support the running costs and maintenance of the charity’s minibus which provides transport to the lunch club as well as to various organised day trips across the year.

Chris Dale, chairman at Age Concern Crosby said: “We are overwhelmed with this donation from the Santander Foundation. The lunch clubs are for many elderly people the only contact they have with the outside world and we are so pleased to be able to continue this invaluable service. ”

Age Concern Crosby was founded 60 years ago under the banner of ‘Crosby Old Peoples Welfare' and the service also offers day trips for members.

Mark Walton, branch manager at Santander’s Crosby branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to the community and we are delighted to be helping Age Concern Crosby and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

If you would like to support Age Concern Crosby, they will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, May 31 between 10am - 1pm at Waterloo Park Day Centre, Haigh Road, Waterloo and admission is £1.


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