CEDA and its partners have stepped in to help a community centre faced with the prospect of not being able to feed the homeless after its oven went down.
The TAB Centre in Shoreditch recently approached the distributor association to replace its failing catering oven, which helps feed homeless people and gives cookery lessons to young people from the local community.
Following an appeal to its membership, Chester-based C&C Catering Equipment stepped forward to offer a Falcon Dominator six burner range free of charge.
Gratte Brothers agreed to carry out a site survey at the TAB Centre and the range has now been installed. It is already making a huge difference at the church- and community-based charity project.
The project was co-ordinated by CEDA and Ginny O’Dell who works for RBS in the City and is one of several volunteers from the firm at the TAB Centre.
C&C’s managing director, Peter Kitchin, said the company was glad it could assist with a worthy cause.
“We were only too delighted to support the TAB Centre in their hour of need by providing a new quality oven which will last them a long time. The CEDA appeal shows we can all help others in practical ways when they are in need,” she said.
TAB centre manager, Christina Pilkington, said she wanted to say a “huge thank you” to all the parties involved in organising and supplying the new oven.
“The kitchen supplies over 100 hot meals to the homeless each week, provides a hot lunch for local elderly people and enables us to run a cooking class for vulnerable young people who are referred to us from local secondary schools who are at risk from being excluded,” she said.