A charity for senior citizens has been the recipient of a cheque for thousands of pounds. 

COATS, the Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society, works to promote the welfare of senior citizens within the town.

This year COATS has been chosen as the local charity of the year by the Rotary Club of Crowthorne, which donated £2,000 to help the charity organise lunches, entertainment, activities and services for older citizens. 

John Barnes, Chairman of COATS, said: “We are really very grateful to receive this cheque from the local Rotary Club. 

"Rotary does a fantastic job raising money for good causes and we were very pleased to be nominated by Geraldine as her charity of the year.

"COATS, now in its 50th year, provides a very valuable service to the elderly of Crowthorne. Every year upwards of one hundred of our senior citizens benefit from the work we do. 

"At our Centre here, an extremely professional staff provide healthy freshly prepared lunches, teas and stimulating activities in a warm and friendly environment. We are blessed with an army of volunteers who provide additional support in the Centre, work in our High Street shop, and drive our minibus.

"Our fundraising team works hard raising money to finance the job we do, and they were delighted to learn of this very generous donation. COATS owes the Rotary branch and their Chairman a very big thank you."

To find out more, go to coatscrowthorne.org.uk