Holy Cross welcomes new PACE Lunch Club members

May 2013

Dozens more elderly people’s lives were touched by the kindness and compassion of volunteers recruited as part of our PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) Initiative when the doors to a brand new, weekly lunch club opened at Holy Cross in Sunderland on Wednesday.

Arriving to a warm welcome, guests soon felt comfortable in the relaxing lounge, where they were able to enjoy light refreshments while meeting friends new and old. Many light-hearted moments followed as guests and volunteers took part in a friendly quiz which broke the ice and filled the room with laughter and conversation. Everyone then enjoyed a delicious, two-course lunch in the bright and airy dining room.

Lunch Club volunteer, Joan said: “By the time lunch was served, it felt like people had known each other for years. We can’t quite believe our first lunch club has gone so well. All of our guests had a wonderful time and we’ve had so many positive comments from them about how much it meant to them to have such a lovely time with others.”

Holy Cross Lunch Club is the latest addition to PACE, which sets up projects for vulnerable, elderly and isolated people around the region. Each project is run by volunteers and supported by St Cuthberts Care and the local parish.

The Lunch Club is held every Wednesday between 11am and 2.30pm at Holy Cross Care Home, Ettrick Grove, Sunderland and costs just £3 per person. Carers are able to accompany guests free of charge. If you or anyone you know would like to attend, or find the closest PACE project to you, please call Kathleen Urwin on 0191 228 0111 or by email at kathleen.urwin@stcuthbertscare.org.uk