On Thursday 15 October, Oldham-based pizza oven specialist LLK transformed its onsite demo kitchen into a pop up pizza takeaway last week in aid of local animal sanctuary, Pennine Pen.
The supplier’s team made 107 pizzas in 7 hours, raising £700. The pizza boxes featured a photo and short profile describing a Pennine Pen resident in need of adoption in an effort to help each one find its ‘forever home’.
Pennine Pen had been forced to cancel its fairs for the year due to Covid-19 which has resulted in a massive loss of vital income needed to care for its animals. LLK decided to help the sanctuary using the pizza ovens and equipment at its disposal in its fully functional test kitchen.
Last week, the firm set up a pop up pizza takeaway named ‘Eat Pizza to Help Pups’ at its headquarters in Oldham and invited local businesses, social bubbles and individuals to treat themselves to a pizza lunch in order to help raise much needed ‘dough’.
The local businesses that took part included Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisors, Mpeople Recruitment, Seftons Accountants and Business Advisors, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Forty3Media Website Design Agency, Pentagon Vauxhall Dealership, Brace Print Solutions, Dale Bathrooms and Wheelers Walkies.
In the 7 hours the pop up takeaway was open, LLK’s sales executive Kyle Freeman and technical director Will Pilling cooked 107 pizzas onsite using LLK’s range of pizza ovens as well as ingredients provided free of charge by specialist food and wine distributor Continental Quattro Stagioni.
The pizzas were delivered for free to local addresses in Oldham and Saddleworth by LLK’s warehouse operative Ian Lowe, though many participants collected their food at LLK’s social distanced collection point. The participants could choose from either ‘Bark-herita’ pizza or ‘Pup-eroni’ pizza.
Jenna Lewis, commercial director at LLK, said: “This year has been rough for everyone and animal sanctuaries are no exception. When we heard that our neighbours at Pennine Pen were struggling with fundraising we were determined to help the best way we know how – through the uniting power of pizza! A huge thank you to everyone who took part, we raised more than we ever imagined possible. You have helped us get those dogs the funds they need to have a fantastic quality of life while they wait for their forever home.”
Dena Dessoky, Pennine Pen’s fundraising manager, said: “This is a fantastic amount which will help support the animals in our care at a time when we are unable to rely on usual fundraising events. It’s heart-warming to know people are keen to support us when times are tough for most.”