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Bury St Edmunds cinema manager Pat Church's telephone befriending service is a success




A Bury St Edmunds cinema manager's telephone befriending service is proving a success after taking 11 calls on Monday.

Pat Church, of Abbeygate Cinema, is available to talk to isolated and lonely customers from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays during lockdown.

He said: "It's a wonderful experience being able to chat to our regular customers and patrons who are feeling a bit lonely at this time.

Abbeygate Cinema manager Pat Church is running a telephone befriending service for customers feeling isolated and vulnerable. Picture by Mecha Morton
Abbeygate Cinema manager Pat Church is running a telephone befriending service for customers feeling isolated and vulnerable. Picture by Mecha Morton

"Most of them I knew but there were some new voices too and it was nice getting to know them.

"I can't wait for when we can open and welcome people again but in the meantime, this is just something lovely to be doing for our customers and it makes me feel good too."

Call the 'Chat with Pat' service on 01284 754477.

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