A popular club in Woodhall Spa will close after volunteers claimed they had become victims of on-going changes to health provision.
The Woodhall Spa Leg Club has provided a vital service to hundreds of people after it opened in 2006.
However, the closure of drop-in-sessions and the relocation of an incontinence clinic - combined with other changes in local health services -had led to speculation about the club’s future.
Twelve months ago, volunteers said they hoped to keep the club going but at a recent committee meeting, they voted unanimously to close from August 28.
Club chairman Audrey Pestell said: “We have to say a big thank you to the very hard working community nurses who have worked so well with us - and the community itself for being so supportive
“We also want to thank the regular members who join us, no matter what the weather or lack of activity.
“However, the current changes in the Health Service made it very difficult for the volunteers to continue.”
Mr Pestell said that when the club first opened, it functioned on a ‘hand to mouth’ basis with officials holding coffee mornings and packing bags at a local supermarket to raise funds to cover the cost of hiring a hall.
She said the club was very popular and had received support from the Spa Fund, Woodhall Spa Parish Council and various other organisations.
Primarily, the club offered support, treatment and ongoing care for people suffering from leg conditions, particularly ulcers.
Initially, the club was based at the Methodist Church Hall but moved to St Peter’s and then to it’s present location at Coronation Hall.
Mrs Petsell added: “In its heyday, the Leg Club was an excellent community project with the nurses winning awards.”
Anyone with connections to the club can attend a farewell coffee morning on August 21 in the Coronation Hall.
Catherine Wylie, Head of Clinical Services for the East area at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS),said:
“The leg club is not currently a service the trust is commissioned to provide and no decisions have been made on the future of the service. However, both LCHS and NHS Lincolnshire East CCG, the local clinical commissioning group, are committed to further discussions with and about the leg clubs.”