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Friends meet up again at club they used to help run

Amble day service of Age UK Northumberland 
At the back Elaine Bird,  Doreen Laws and front Alf Sargeant  and Nora White.

Amble day service of Age UK Northumberland At the back Elaine Bird, Doreen Laws and front Alf Sargeant and Nora White.

A day centre for the over 50s is proving popular, particularly with the people who used to run it.

The Amble club was launched 30 years ago by Nora White in the town’s Catholic hall.

Nora, 95, ran it for 25 years and is now a regular at the Age UK Northumberland centre, along with a number of her friends who used to volunteer there.

Alf Sargeant, 84, started driving the bus taking people to the day centre in 1984.

His age forced him to retire as driver and 10 years ago he was presented with an award for his volunteer services to the charity.

He said: “These lunch clubs have always been an integral part of the community and I am delighted it is still running 30 years on for me to attend.

“It is lovely to keep in touch with Nora, and with Doreen who also used to be a volunteer.”

Doreen Laws is 86 and for 30 years she volunteered, cooking at lunch clubs, starting at Ellington and ending at Amble.

She retired as cook and last year began attending the Thursday lunch club.

Although Doreen has two sons, and two grandsons, she lives on her own, so enjoys the company and keeping in touch with everyone.

The club is now overseen by Elaine Bird with volunteers Pauline, John, Anne, Doreen and Imelda.

More information on the Age UK Northumberland lunch clubs is available on www.ageuk-northumberland.org.uk or call 0845 1400 088.

 

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