Generosity provides lunch boost for residents

ASOS manager Pauline Baldwin receives �1,000 from Mark Menzies MP, Queendeans chairman Peter Anthony and committee member Brenda Blackshaw

ASOS manager Pauline Baldwin receives �1,000 from Mark Menzies MP, Queendeans chairman Peter Anthony and committee member Brenda Blackshaw

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Hundreds of residents were treated to special Christmas celebration lunches thanks to the generosity of Blackpool’s Queendeans Association.

The Young At Heart friendship group based at Ibbison Community Centre on Central Drive was able to host a lunch for 50 people, after the group’s founder the Reverend Augusta Gibrill approached the Queendeans, who were more than happy to fund their Christmas lunch.

And a donation of £1,000 helped pay for more than 150 lunches, served over three days, for users of the Adult Support and Outreach Service across the Fylde.

Queensdeans patron, Fylde MP Mark Menzies, chairman 
Peter Anthony and committee member Brenda Blackshaw handed over the money to ASOS manager Pauline 
Baldwin.

ASOS assists the frail and elderly at risk in the community and aims to promote social stimulation and prevent isolation.

The money was raised through the Queendeans Association’s annual programme of events – which culminates in the Pat Mancini Black Tie Ball, which was held this year at the Winter Gardens.

A spokesman said: “It was a fabulous evening of entertainment, fund-raising and fine dining in the most spectacular of settings, with singer/song writer and saxophonist AJ Brown and his band among other acts.”