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INSPIRE Awards 2016: the lady and the lunch club

Meet the woman providing a fortnightly hot lunch (with yummy puddings) for older people in Peterborough ...


Meet the woman providing a fortnightly hot lunch (with yummy puddings) for older people in Peterborough. By SHARON BARNARD

“I love people and I love catering – it’s my dream job,” says Kim Sardeson who runs a lunch club in her home village of Yarwell.

“Back in 1994 I noticed that there was no longer anything going on for older people here so I thought I’d start a weekly lunch club in the village hall.”

She put a note in the local newsletter and eight people came along on the first Wednesday it opened.

“We now have between 20 and 25 people and the average age is 85,” says the mother of three adult children and part-time manager of Lydia’s, a Christian coffee shop in Gretton.

Following hip surgery, Kim now operates the club once a fortnight.

“I have a team of six or seven volunteers who work on a rota basis, with three helping me each time. I prepare everything at home and finish it off in the village hall kitchen.

“Lunch club runs from 12.30 to 2.30pm and the charge is £4. There’s fruit juice to start with followed by a hot main course like toad in the hole and veg. I get all my meat from a local award-winning butcher.

“I always provide a choice of four or five puddings including a rice pudding. The members love things like pavlova and sticky toffee pudding. And they eat everything I put on their plates!

“It’s great to see how friendships have developed and people are so very supportive of one another. When I was laid up after my operation, people from the lunch club were pitching up on my doorstep with food.”

Kim has been a Christian for more than 20 years and attends an independent Baptist church in Market Harborough. 

“Hopefully my faith is displayed in my actions,” she says.

“I always regard each one of our members as special. I give them a card at Easter and at Christmas they receive a card and a Christian calendar.

“I see what I do as sowing seeds. I believe that if you can sow a seed, then you should sow it.”

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