Bonnybridge-based catering equipment manufacturer, E&R Moffat, won a contract to outfit the Strathcarron Hospice in Denny then decided to give the equipment and installation away for free.
Strathcarron was due to update its ward-level kitchen, which serves meals for around 400 terminally ill patients each year and 100 people a week coming in for day care. The ward kitchen is also used to provide meals, drinks and snacks for the 24 in-house patients, ward staff and visitors.
“The kitchen was old but, more importantly, it didn’t meet new environmental health standards,” explained Irene McKie, the Hospice’s chief executive. “We needed to replace all the old fittings with stainless steel, ensuring there were no joints or dirt traps.
“Moffat has provided help in the past, in the form of at-cost or even below-cost equipment for the main kitchen, and we asked them to tender for the new kitchen.
“After the tendering process we selected Moffat for the contract. Then, out of the blue, the company announced they had decided to manufacture, supply and install the kitchen for free! It was just brilliant.”
Moffat fabricated stainless steel floor cupboards, wall cupboards, sinks and splashbacks for the kitchen. The total install was worth well in excess of £10,000. “Strathcarron Hospice is a local charity that does truly wonderful work,” said Gordon McIntosh, Moffat’s commercial director. “We are delighted to continue our support for them and the services they provide.”
“The new kitchen looks lovely,” said McKie. “It’s terrific and has made a huge difference. Staff love it, it’s really easy to clean and it’s shiny and sparkling! It’s wonderful that a local company is supporting us in this way. We didn’t quite break even last year, so everything helps. The guys at Moffat have been so generous – we knew they’d give us a good price, but we were absolutely astounded when they said they wouldn’t be charging us at all. It’s fantastic.”
While Strathcarron gets some funding from the NHS, it is an independent charity. McKie detailed: “In order to survive we have to raise £10,000 a day – it’s a real struggle, even more so as we a try to expand our services to meet growing demand. As well as providing for our patients we are looking after carers and those suffering bereavement.
“So a gift like Moffat’s is a huge bonus – it means the money we would have had to spend on the kitchen can go towards the vital services we supply.”