Bonnybridge-based manufacturer E & R Moffat has received a royal seal of approval for a hospice kitchen it supplied and installed for free.
Princess Anne is the patron of the Strathcarron palliative care centre for central Scotland and visits the facility annually. This year, Gordon McIntosh, commercial director of Moffat, was among the invited guests
The Princess Royal was well informed about the new kitchen and thanked McIntosh for Moffat’s contribution and the difference it had made already. She also said it was good to see a local manufacturer looking after its community.
Moffat manufactured stainless steel floor cupboards, wall cupboards, sinks and splashbacks for the kitchen. The cost of the installation was worth well in excess of £10,000.
“The new kitchen looks lovely,” said Irene McKie, the hospice’s chief executive. “It’s terrific and has made a huge difference. Staff love it, it’s really easy to clean and it’s shiny and sparkling!”
“The gratitude from all the staff has been so rewarding,” said McIntosh. “We really believe in what they’re doing, and meeting with Princess Anne and hearing just how much our efforts have been appreciated was humbling.
“We are delighted to continue supporting what is a truly wonderful local charity.”
Although Strathcarron receives some funding from the NHS, it is an independent charity. “In order to survive we have to raise £10,000 a day,” said McKie. “A gift like Moffat’s was a huge bonus – it meant the money we would have had to spend on the kitchen could go towards the vital services we supply.”