Building society offers support for disability group day trip

A group that provides support to elderly people in Leicestershire who live with a disability has received funding for a day trip from esbs.

The Society made a donation towards a visit from members of Barwell and Earl Shilton Disability Group to Ansty Club in Coventry.

The trip saw the group, which comprises of approximately 40 members ranging in age from 65 to 94, enjoying a game of skittles and a basket lunch at the club, before heading to see the winter fair at nearby Hilltop Garden Centre.

“The event was a huge success and I’m delighted to say that everyone had a wonderful time,” said Bob Lucas, the group’s Treasurer.

Holding weekly meetings at Barwell Sports and Social Club, the organisation has been active in the community for more than 30 years.

“We encourage members, many of whom are disabled, widowed, or living alone to come along to meetings and mix with one another socially, as well as take part in a variety of activities such as bingo, raffles and quizzes,” Bob continues.

“The group is important to members as it’s one of the few opportunities they get to socialise.”

All money raised from the group’s activities, along with a small subscription of £1 per week per person, allows organisers to take members on regular outings to matinee theatre shows, pub lunches, and other day trips.

“As we rely heavily on donations, it means a lot to have the continued support of esbs and it’s great to know that they value what we do,” adds Bob.

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “We are very happy to be helping Barwell and Earl Shilton Disability Group once again.

“The work that the group is involved in is essential in providing support to elderly people in the area who live with a disability and the volunteers deserve to be recognised for their dedication.”

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