Rushden man celebrates his 90th birthday by paying for lunch for everyone else

Roy Blenco at the lunch club at Rushden Mission Church
Roy Blenco at the lunch club at Rushden Mission Church

A man who has been making lunches for others for 16 years chose to celebrate his 90th birthday by not only making their lunch, but paying for it too.

Roy Blenco has been helping prepare meals for the lunch club at Rushden Mission Church since it was set up in 2000.

Roy Blenco and wife Jean

Roy Blenco and wife Jean

He had initially been asked to be the host of the club, but declined and said he would prefer to be in the kitchen instead.

16 years on, Roy and his wife Jean, 88, are still preparing a cooked main meal and pudding every week for about 50 people.

They try to cook something different each week, but Roy said he still peels about 7.5kg of potatoes every Friday.

Ruth and John Green normally pay for the ingredients and those attending make a donation towards their meal, but this week was special as Rushden-born Roy decided to pay for everyone’s meal out of his own pocket in honour of his 90th birthday, which he celebrated on Sunday.

While Roy was treating them for his birthday, there was still one surprise in store when he was presented with a cake made for him.

Roy, who used to work for Travis Perkins as a driver, said this was what he wanted to do to mark the milestone.

The lunch club, which was set up to provide somewhere for retired single people to attend, meets every Friday at the Mission Church in Wellingborough Road, Rushden.