The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester will soon become a care patron of Manchester Jewish Community Care (MJCC).

Diane Hawkins is to join The Chief Rabbi as a patron of MJCC and its project, The Nicky, Manchester's leading social club for seniors.

The Lord Lieutenant accepted the invitation to become a patron and has since praised The Nicky as "a beacon of light for older, disabled and vulnerable people".

Chief executive David Delew said: “I'm delighted that the Lord Lieutenant has accepted our invitation to become one of our patrons.  

“She visited The Nicky recently and was impressed with the work done to eliminate loneliness and provide a fulfilling social life for senior and retired members of our community.

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“She is pleased to be able to take on this ambassadorial role in promoting The Nicky within the wider community.”

Michael Moore, recently elected chairman of MJCC, welcomed the move, adding that he was delighted that she has agreed to work with the group.

He said: "Having someone as influential as His Majesty The King's representative as one of our patrons is good news for The Nicky and for Manchester's Jewish Community. 

"I am delighted that she was sufficiently impressed with our work that she agreed to work with us to further our objectives.'

Speaking about the new role, Diane Hawkins said: “For over 35 years The Nicky has been a beacon of light for older, disabled and vulnerable people suffering from social isolation, and their families.

“It provides a friendly place to be, where people can relax, be entertained, keep fit and take part in many other activities which helps to prevent them from needing residential care.

“I am delighted to become a patron of this outstanding organisation.”