A PROUD club for the elderly in Belper is celebrating after being awarded a grant for £500.
Members of the Autumn Club were over the moon at getting the cash boost from the Derby Community Foundation.
The cash will go towards paying the club’s rent at the Strutts Centre in Belper and towards travel costs to take members out on trips.
Jean Barlow, who is secretary of the Autumn Club, could not hide her joy at the grant.
She said: “The club is very pleased. Mainly because it means we can take out the elderly people who cannot usually get out,
“One or two of the members are disabled so the funding was needed to help in that way.
“The members are very excited about the news. Normally they would not get out, either because they are not able or because they cannot afford it.
“I applied for the funding from the Derby Community Foundation – and I am so very happy to receive it.
“The whole club sends a big thank you to the Derby Community Foundation!”
With the new cash, the club is now hoping to attract new members to swell its current total of as many as 25.
Jean said: “We want to invite new members along.
“A lot of people are sitting at home and they do not realise what is out there for them.
“To get more members for the club would be lovely. We are trying hard to build the club up.”
To celebrate news of the grant, some of the club’s members were whisked off for lunch at Marsh Farm, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.
Jean said the club is hoping to visit Carsington Water for lunch next.
The club, which is mainly for those aged over 60, is meeting this Monday, August 22, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, at the Strutts Centre on Derby Road.
Guest speaker Glenis Guible will entertain guests with her ‘Sing As We Go’ session.
Jean said: “She will be telling funny stories and there will also be tea and biscuits.”
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Autumn Club, or anyone who wants more information on the club and what it does, can ring Jean on 01773 824382.