JDS Catering Equipment ensured that the official unveiling of a £20,000 kitchen it recently donated to Butterfly House Hospice in High Wycombe went with a bang.
Nigel Quince, director of the Reigate-based dealer, cooked and served up dinner along with friends and family at the opening event on Saturday 29 September.
The Butterfly House Bistro was officially opened by hospice trustee, Dr James Walter, with 85 people attending the event, which comprised canapes and welcome drinks followed by a four course meal, wine and live music.
The evening also hosted a heads and tails game, a raffle and an auction, which collectively raised £1,828 for the hospice.
The dealer temporarily converted the building’s lounge for the dinner, with Quince likening the undertaking to a ‘DIY SOS’ build in terms of scope and swift timescale.
One of the hospice’s volunteers commented: “It was a wonderful event and testament to the hard work of Nigel, his family and friends and all those at the hospice who helped to arrange it.”
JDS had previously reached out to catering equipment suppliers through Cedabond to provide kitchen appliances free of charge for the hospice.
Companies rushed to help, including: Blue Seal, Hoshizaki, Foster Coldstore, Foster Refrigeration, EAIS Racking Systems, Moffat, Corsair Engineering, CED Fabrications, Bravilor, Wapex, Thunder, DPS Tableware and John Murphy Builders.
Donated to the hospice were: fridges, freezers, hot cupboards, crockery, racking, wrapping machines, sinks, benches, general purpose trollies, induction cookers and containers.