Falcon oven to sail the Amazon for healthcare charity

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Rory MacPherson in the galley of the Forth Hope with the Falcon Dominator Plus oven range.

Falcon has donated a Dominator oven for the Vine Trust’s #FloatTheBoat campaign to deliver a fully-equipped primary healthcare vessel to the Peruvian Amazon.

The appliance was installed on 30m-long boat, the Forth Hope, which will be sailing from Rosyth, Scotland to Iquitos in Peru. The oven range, model E3101 OTC 6HP, has six circular hotplates and a 2/1 GN compatible fan-assisted oven. It’s marine-spec, so it has extra features such as storm rails, oven door latches and deck feet.

Following the 6 week Atlantic crossing, the vessel is due to spend 20 years sailing up and down the Peruvian Amazon, providing 100,000 medical and dental consultations a year. The ship has a dental surgery, operating theatre, consultation rooms and a pharmacy, enabling international medical and dental volunteers, alongside a team of local clinicians, to transform lives in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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“It is sometimes said that the chef is one of the most important people onboard,” said Rory MacPherson, Forth Hope’s media coordinator and chef for the Atlantic crossing. “That’s because the crew needs good food to keep them going during the long days, which underlines what a vital piece of equipment the cooker is.”

The cooker will be tested by the challenges of the Atlantic swells and the demands of a hungry crew, including two admirals, part of the contingency sent over by the Peruvian Navy to help the ship on its voyage. Once the Forth Hope reaches the Amazon, the Falcon cooker will provide regular hot meals for its crew and medical teams, giving them the energy required to welcome and treat hundreds of patients each day.

The Vine Trust uses fully-equipped medical vessels to deliver primary healthcare on the Peruvian Amazon and, more recently, on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The Forth Hope is the Trust’s newest ship. Over the next 20 years, Forth Hope is expected to deliver 2m dental, medical and ophthalmic consultations to remote and isolated communities living in poverty.

The initial cost of deploying the vessel is over £100,000. “We decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign using the hashtag #FloatTheBoat, and we’ve had a great response from individuals and organisations,” said MacPherson.

“We’re delighted that Falcon has supported Forth Hope’s outfitting, donating the Dominator oven range for the ship’s galley. The cooker is a fantastic bit of kit. I’m looking forward to using it on the transatlantic delivery voyage, but it will really come into its own when it’s helping to feed the medical teams and crew as Forth Hope changes lives on the Amazon.”


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