Cake-cutting from left, Pippa May (the charity’s chief executive), Mayor Carol Bower, Dot Nurse (volunteer and trustee) and Carmel Austin. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A special celebratory lunch was held to mark the 15th anniversary of a King’s Lynn-based charity.

West Norfolk Befriending invited more than 50 clients and befrienders for lunch at the Masonic Hall.

Borough Mayor Carol Bower joined in the celebrations and helped to cut the birthday cake.

Guests also included Carmel Austin, a founder of the charity and its branch manager for around seven years.

The service, based at Thoresby College in Queen Street, was originally set up in 2002 as a partnership with three other charities.

It aims to help reduce isolation for older people living in West Norfolk and put people in touch with other organisations. The volunteer befrienders are a vital link to the outside world for many residents.