People with learning disabilities in Epping Forest will be able to enhance their cookery skills in the new year after more than £1,000 was raised at a fundraising lunch.

Roding Rotary Club hosted the lunch at Chigwell Golf Club in October and raised more than £1,100 for Voluntary Action Epping Forest’s (VAEF) Ace Activities cookery sessions.

The donation will enable Ace Activities, a project operated to provide day opportunities for people with learning disabilities, to hold cookery sessions in 2022.

A pilot of the sessions was held during the 2020 lockdown and participants who engaged with the activity not only benefitted from the new skills learnt but enjoyed themselves too.

Sally Panrucker, who runs VAEF’s Ace Activities, said: “We are so grateful to everyone that donated and made this possible. We can’t wait to get cooking.”

ACE Activities offers a full range of activity and training programmes for adults with learning disabilities such as autism, Down's Syndrome and anxiety disorders who are looking to learn new skills and meet new like-minded people.