MP helps to promote Dartmouth charity's lunch club

MEMBERS of Dartmouth Caring's lunch club enjoyed a freshly cooked meal with their local MP, Sarah Wollaston, when she paid a visit.

Dr Wollaston chatted to the charity's club members and found out more about the charity and its lunch club.

She said: "Dartmouth Caring does such excellent work for the community and I would highly recommend going along to its lunch club. The club is a great way to stay in touch with those in the local community and I wish it every success for the future."

The club runs every Wednesday and Thursday at Community Corner, Old Market Place, from 10am to 2pm. 

A two-course lunch is served at 12.30pm, and teas and coffees from 10am. The cost is £5.

Dartmouth Caring's co-ordinator and manager Alison Stocks said: "Our lunch club is very popular and it was lovely to host Dr Wollaston who's a vocal supporter of our charity.

"The club is a great chance to get together over a meal with friends old and new, and eat a freshly cooked, delicious two-course meal. New people are always welcome to join and we encourage everyone to come and try it out. You don't need to be elderly, just over 55.

"If you want to come along, contact us first to register and we will meet you on your first visit to help you settle in and sit with likeminded members. You don't have to come every week, just when you want."

Volunteers for the club are also always welcome. The charity has an established cook but help is needed for serving, final preparation and cleaning.

The charity hosts themed lunch club events during Dartmouth's food and music festivals, Christmas and Easter and other special events.

There is a weekly raffle at the lunch club and members can also get involved with other Dartmouth Caring activities.

For more information call 01803 835384 or email

A team of Dartmouth Caring volunteers raised £455.48 for the charity in a recent day of fundraising around the town.

Alison Stocks said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their free time to help fundraise for us, they are all wonderful."

The charity, which is run by one full-time and six part-time members of staff, and over 100 volunteers, is almost completely funded by donations.