Catering staff at the Trust have teamed up with Age UK to run a
series of lunch clubs for people who like good food and even better
The clubs offer an opportunity to enjoy a social lunch of
award-winning food, provided by caterers at Darlington Memorial
Hospital. Last year the hospital - which has won 12 awards for its
food in recent years - was commended by supporters of the Campaign
for Better Hospital Food after glowing reports from patients.
Stuart Wray, head of catering at the Trust, said: "We are
pleased to be able to offer people in the community a taste of our
locally sourced food as well as a chance to make new friends and
connect with like-minded people. This is the first of many events
we hope to run in partnership with Age UK and we're proud to be
able to help out in any way we can."
The Friends Lunch Club is on the second Tuesday of each month,
with the first event on 13 May from 12pm - 2pm at Elm Ridge
Methodist Church, Darlington. People who attend can purchase lunch
of soup and a sandwich for £3.
"We are all very excited about the launch of the Lunch
Clubs at Elm Ridge and are hoping it will be the first of many such
clubs' said Gillian Peel, CEO at Age UK Darlington. 'We are hoping
that older people will pop along and have a nutritious meal amongst
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