Sleep-out to help save lunch club

A campaign has been launched to help a pensioners lunch club and a seriously ill teenager. The Sandy Luncheon Club has lost its annual £1,000 grant from the Bedfordshire Forum which has closed. Now Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pens

A campaign has been launched to help a pensioners' lunch club and a seriously ill teenager.

The Sandy Luncheon Club has lost its annual £1,000 grant from the Bedfordshire Forum which has closed.

Now Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners' Association, will lead an open air sleep-out in a bus shelter in Market Square, Sandy, to highlight the club's plight and ask residents to make donations towards its costs.

The event will also help raise funds for cerebral palsy sufferer Samuel Sparrow, of Lincoln Road, Biggleswade, who has to wear a special suit to help improve his posture and strengthen his stability.

"Pensioners love the Sandy Luncheon Club at Quince Court every Friday and they are desperate to find the £1,000 they have lost," said Mr Lynch.

"I felt a sleep-out would make people aware of the problem and at the same time we could help Sam. Despite being 70 I am also sleeping out at the event in March."

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The luncheon club is organised by Age Concern whose chief officer in Bedford, Steve Parry, said: "This does cause some difficulties and might leave us with the possibility of raising prices. In the end we might have to dig into our own funds but the club will survive.

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