Users of Bradford on Avon’s Leg Club marked its first birthday with a tea party at St Margaret’s Hall.

The club now has more than 200 patients who are treated by staff and volunteers from the Bradford on Avon & Melksham Health Partnership.

The nationwide model was founded by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay who was in attendance at the tea party. She paid tribute to the Wiltshire club, describing it as a “beacon service”.

The Bradford branch has since become the first leg club in the country to be led by GPs and staffed by specialist leg ulcer nurses and practice nurses.

Roland Renyi, chairman of the UK Leg Club Foundation said: “We are beyond proud about what the staff have achieved. It is more than the Leg Club Foundation could have hoped for them and everything they do has been inspired and generated by the nurses.”

Angela Instone, 66 who has been using the service for only a few months, said: “The club offers more than just leg treatments. It is a social occasion and offers companionship, particularly if you go on walks together which, again, is good for your legs.”