One of our Lifetime Achievement Award finalists is Irene McGinnis from Link Up Lunch Club.

Irene has volunteered with the Lunch Club since near the beginning and is now the vice chairperson for the group. Her volunteer role over the years has involved being part of the committee, shopping for the café, fundraising, cooking and generally running the group. Irene gives up a great deal of her time to Link Up Lunch Club; coming in a day early to bake, negotiating orders and arriving early on a Wednesday to prepare the café – she often doesn’t leave until after 3pm!

Irene has also committed to Link Up over the years by helping to run their annual Christmas Fayre (making soup for over 300 people) and MacMillan coffee mornings, as well as getting involved in the arts and crafts group.

New volunteers are always felt welcome and included by Irene, and she is a well-recognised face in the local community!

Good luck at the upcoming awards ceremony Irene!