Distributor calls for industry's help with Ebola appeal

A Harrogate distributor is appealing for the catering equipment industry’s help in donating equipment to support the launch of a charity soup kitchen in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.

Commercial Kitchen Design (CKD) has first-hand experience of working in the West African country after its involvement in the design and specification of a kitchen at the Kimbima Hotel in Freetown January this year.

Unfortunately the economic impact of the Ebola crisis meant that project, along with many other hospitality schemes, could not be completed.

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CKD’s client Memuna Janneh, a British Sierra Leonean who splits her time between the two countries, is leading the diaspora response to the Ebola crisis by converting the lounge of her small hotel into a soup kitchen to feed staff and patients in Freetown hospitals through a not-for-profit organisation called Lunchbox

She contacted CKD’s managing director, John Partridge, for help in designing the kitchen and securing donations of kitchen equipment.

The simple design that it has come up with reflects the available local services and skills as well as being in ‘easy to donate’ units: refrigerated cabinets, six burner LPG ranges, stock pots, prep tables, sinks and mixers.

CKD is appealing to any suppliers that can help with this effort to get in touch by calling 01423 580895 or emailing here.

Partridge said: ‘I visited Freetown in November 2013 and have seen at first-hand the living conditions of the vast majority of the population; the impact of an epidemic in such an environment is catastrophic. I know many will have been impacted by the TV images: this is an opportunity for our industry to make a difference in a very practical way.”

Lunchbox’s endeavours to feed as many mouths as possible in Sierra Leone were recently documented in an article by The Guardian, which can be read here.

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