During lockdown, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Torquay saved their ‘tea money’ – money they would normally have paid for tea at their meetings.

As a result, they were able to donate more than £500 to good causes.

The money was gifted to Torquay Museum, Torbay Hospital League of Friends, a small Brixham charity The Edge, the district chairman’s charity ClicSargent and the overseas charity Christian Response for Eastern Europe. This charity, run from Exmouth by Hugh Scudder, regularly sends lorry loads of aid to Moldova, the poorest country in Europe.

The Inner Wheel Club managed to send clothes, blankets, school clothes and a donation for food in the last lorry load to go to Moldova before lockdown.

Members are now making dresses for Moldovan girls and collecting winter clothes and blankets ready for the next lorry load.

Now in its 86th year, the Inner Wheel Club of Torquay has been raising money for local charities as they always have done - £800 has been given to Rowcroft Hospice which the club has supported for many years, including volunteer gardeners and helpers.

Members have also contributed knitted bunting to the Devon world record-breaking longest length of bunting, baby clothes for Torbay Hospital baby unit, made masks for Covid-19 protection, bags for scrubs, donations to local food banks and whatever else they see is needed.

Any ladies, newly retired or younger who would like to make a difference and new friends, can log on to the website www.innerwheel.co.uk to find details of local clubs.

A Torbay club spokesman said: “This worldwide organisation is great fun to be involved with. As soon as it is safe to resume our meetings new members will be welcome to come along for a visit.”