A breakfast club for serving and former members of the Armed Forces has been launched in Charnwood.
The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club met for the first time on Saturday, February 11 at the Toby Carvery in Loughborough.
Over 50 people attended the first breakfast, which is a chance for serving and former servicemen and women, including reservists, and their families to enjoy breakfast for £5 and have a chat.
The club has been organised by Victoria Coomber and backed by Charnwood Borough Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Victoria’s husband Dai served in the Royal Signals for more than 20 years before his death in 2011 following a short battle with Burkitts Lymphoma.
Victoria, who lives in Shepshed and works for the Council, said: “Thank you everyone who came along and supported our first Breakfast Club, the atmosphere and enthusiasm in the room was amazing.
“We’re looking forward to March 11 and our next breakfast and I’d like to thank the Toby Carvery for their support in hosting the club.”
Len Witts, a former Army serviceman from Shepshed said: ““I thought it’s been very good, I’ve met up with old friends I haven’t seen since I left the army.”
Mel Gould, who also served in the Army said: “I think it’s a great idea. I’ve met people I knew from my army days, people I haven’t seen for a long time. I have also made some new friends”.
Armed Forces Community Covenants encourage understanding and awareness of the issues affecting service personnel, veterans and their families within the local community.
Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “It's fantastic that this breakfast club has been started to help support our armed forces personnel because these people are prepared to risk their lives to protect our freedom. It’s important we support them if we can, even if it’s only in a small way.
“I am delighted that the first breakfast club was attended by so many and I hope that we see even more people at the next event.”
The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club will meet on the second Saturday of every month. The next event is between 9.30-11.30am on Saturday, March 11 at the Toby Carvery, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3HU. A full English breakfast will be £5 for veterans including unlimited tea and coffee. Booking is not required, but for more information, email Vicky at Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org. A group has also been set up on Facebook called the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club. Search for it and request to join.