Reigate-based distributor JDS Catering Equipment has led various major players in the UK catering equipment industry to refurbish High Wycombe hospice’s kitchen for free
JDS director Nigel Quince detailed how the project came about: “Friends of ours were telling us about this wonderful place, Butterfly House Hospice, which has been helping them with their journey with cancer.
“As a charity steward at my Masonic lodge I decided that I could do a few events and raise some money for the hospice. I also spoke with the Masonic head office and they showed the hospice how to put a bid forward for funding by the Masons.”
Quince continued: “Sharon Fairclough, director of clinical services at the hospice, invited me to visit so I could see what we were helping. During my visit I saw the kitchen and realised that I could help even more by getting them an up-to-date working kitchen at no cost to the hospice.”
Subsequently he made a list of items that the hospice would need, with some already being in JDS’ store.
For the rest, he approached Cedabond chairman and CEO, Phil Martin, who offered the buying group’s services to create a plea for help to suppliers.
Quince recalled: “The response was unbelievable and when I think about it, it brings a tear to my eye.”
Donated to the hospice were: fridges, freezers, hot cupboards, crockery, racking, wrapping machines, sinks, benches, general purpose trollies, induction cookers and containers.
The companies that have helped JDS comprise:
Blue Seal, Hoshizaki, Foster Coldstore, Foster Refrigeration, EAIS Racking Systems, Moffat, Corsair Engineering, CED Fabrication, Bravilor, Wapex, Thunder, DPS Tableware and John Murphy Builders.
Cedabond’s Martin commented: “The response has been amazing and very humbling from Cedabond suppliers. Even those who didn’t have any equipment that was needed have offered money.”
JDS is intending to convert the hospice’s orangery area into a lunch dining area, where patients want to eat their lunch. The distributor is also transforming the old restaurant area near the kitchen into an all-day coffee shop which the hospice hopes will become self-funding one day.
Quince detailed: “When the kitchen is completed I will be suppling, cooking and organising a dinner including welcome drinks and wine on the table for 120 people, with all money going to the hospice to give them a good start.
“This dinner will be free to all the staff and nurses that give such time and kindness to all their patients and families that need lots of help and guidance at this time in their journey.”