TRUSTEES for the Happy Circle Day Centre, made a surprise visit to Melksham Free Dining at the village hall in Bowerhill to present a cheque for £911 to help fund their work.
Prior to the pandemic, the Happy Circle Day Centre provided a hot lunch and activities for the elderly living independently in their own homes at Rowley Place. However, the charity has been unable to reopen. So instead, the day centre has chosen to show its support for other local charities.
About the surprise visit from trustees Heather Newman and Julie Crewe, Melksham Free Dining’s Louisa Lewis reports, “Happy Circle Day Centre were unable to reopen after the pandemic and wanted to ensure that their closing down assets were given to a charity that met their criteria.
“Knowing that some of their members were going to Melksham Free Dining for a meal and social interaction every Wednesday, and that the aim of the charity was similar to theirs, Happy Circle Day Centre choose Melksham Free Dining to be one of the organisations to receive a donation.”
Founder of Happy Circle Day Centre, Heather said, “It is heart-warming that Melksham Free Dining does so much for the community and provides this service especially for the elderly. The pandemic has left many people, especially the elderly, lonely and isolated. We are delighted to able to help .”
Thanking Heather and Julie for their donation, Louisa said, “This donation is wonderful and will help us open the doors to more people in Melksham and Melksham Without.
“At the same time, it is wonderful that the organisers and volunteers of Melksham Free Dining are being recognised for their dedication and hard work. They are paramount in everything that we are trying to achieve. We hope other sponsors will recognise this and will come forward so we can help more lonely and isolated residents build a life after Covid.”
If you can help by sponsoring Melksham Free Dining, please call Deedee on 07967 123858. To book your place for a free Wednesday lunch, call Louisa Lewis on 01235 374232.