FCSI UK & Ireland members have donated over £100,000 of equipment to The Clink Charity’s second prison restaurant, which will help rehabilitate prisoners through front of house and chef training.
The new Clink kitchen, which opens in September at HMP Cardiff, was designed and the installation managed by FCSI professional member Duncan Hepburn of Hepburn Associates, and will feature kitchen equipment donated or subsidised by seventeen FCSI allied members.
“We approached FCSI members to help design and provide the equipment required for the kitchen and we received an unbelievable response. Their extensive help, support and generosity is invaluable in making this new venture possible, allowing us to extend our rehabilitation programme to another area of the UK,” said Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity.
FCSI chairman, David Bentley, added: “The FCSI prides itself on giving back to the industry wherever possible and the work of The Clink Charity is truly inspiring. I’m delighted that our members have helped The Clink meet its equipment requirements and create a fully equipped professional kitchen within the new restaurant in Cardiff.”
The Clink Charity is a not-for-profit venture, which aims to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders by training and placing graduates upon their release into the hospitality industry. The first training restaurant for prisoners was established in 2009 and is based at Her Majesty’s Prison High Down in Sutton Surrey.
The full list of companies that donated to The Clink is:
- Hepburn Associates
- Celltherm Coldrooms Ltd
- Dawson MMP Ltd
- European Watercare
- Gram UK Ltd
- Halton Food Service Ltd
- Hubbard Ice Systems
- Linda Lewis Kitchens Ltd
- Meiko UK Ltd
- MKN UK
- Shelfspan Ltd
- Standex Foodservice Equipment
- Trak Hupfer
- Williams Refrigeration Ltd