Catering equipment manufacturer Mechline has helped to provide a kitchen for a Rugby-based homeless charity, with strong back up from others in the catering equipment industry.
Hope 4, a church group collective, does vital work caring for homeless people providing them with a day centre where they can get a hot meal, relax and use of the facilities to shower and wash their clothes. A move to new premises, a former working men’s club, allowed Hope 4 to extend its services to include training and a food bank.
However, a new kitchen was needed that would be able to cope with present numbers and with capacity to grow as demand increased. Hope 4 got in touch with Mechline for advice about what should be included in the kitchen and from that initial contact, the firm took the ball and ran with the project.
A team of catering equipment distributors and suppliers donated equipment and their valuable time for the new kitchen – and also fitted it.
Mechline’s Peter Galliford explained: “The original brief for the kitchen was to try and locate some second hand equipment, or big domestic items. When I heard the bit about putting in domestic equipment, however, it got the alarm bells ringing as it just would not be fit for purpose.
Galliford shared his thoughts with fellow Mechline directors, who agreed that Mechline would facilitate the supply and fit to provide a proper commercial kitchen with appropriate products and design.
“Besides items that Mechline was happy to provide, we got in touch with friends and colleagues in the trade, asking if they could please help in any way possible with our shopping list. We had a terrific and inspiring response and saw wonderful gestures from charitable hearts.
“Our work in the food waste sector came in handy too – we are very aware of issues surrounding edible food redistribution. We have given Hope 4 leads, contacts and advice for charities such as Fareshare and Food cycle, so that they can hopefully link into those food re-distribution channels.”
Galliford concluded: “I want to thank Russell Moxam of Lloyd Catering Equipment, David Smithson and Stephen Kinkead of Winterhalter, Arun Sahajpal of Corsair Engineering, Louise Chuter and Mike Mellor of Space Catering Equipment, Rob Gibson of Lincat, Bire Shrestha and Rose Lazell of Britannia Kitchen Ventilation and Glenn Roberts of Gram (UK).
“A number of other businesses also offered their help but we were unable to accommodate more.”
Galliford was at the opening and he added: “It was fantastic to be part of it. Very uplifting. The kitchen looks great and is a tribute to the hard work and good will of the distributors and suppliers and the Hope 4 team. Lots of very happy people enjoyed a wonderful day.”