The First Choice Group and Rational have teamed up to help Surrey-based children’s charity Jigsaw Trust.
The Trust provides educational, vocational and wellbeing services for children and adults with autism, learning disabilities and associated communication and behavioural difficulties, and is the parent company of Jigsaw School, JigsawPlus Adult Services and the Café on the Park.
Martin Dagnall, technical training manager with Combico UK, the specialist training division of First Choice Group, detailed the firm’s involvement: “Rational UK has donated one of its Combi ovens to the Jigsaw Trust for use in its café.
“However, as there is no drain available on the site to accommodate this oven, First Choice Group, in conjunction with Jonathan Barker of Pump Technology, has donated a Drainmajor FC30SL so that any waste water from the oven can be pumped away from the kitchen.
“This system has been developed (with a low level float and high quality tank) for specific use with Rational and other Combi ovens.”
Kate Grant, chief executive officer at Jigsaw Trust, commented: “The café helps to boost confidence, promote a feeling of well-being and develop life skills which are transferable to real-world situations.
“As a social enterprise, it provides a commercial environment for our clients and older pupils to learn and develop important life skills. We are incredibly grateful to First Choice Group and Pump Technology for their very generous support. It will mean that more of our children and young adults will be able to access work experience opportunities thanks to the additional equipment available for them to use.”
The system went live at Jigsaw’s Café on The Park on Monday 20 February.