Thanks to the overwhelming support from you and others who joined our Kit Out The Kitchen crowdfund campaign in February, our vision of a Community Kitchen for everyone is a reality. As you probably know, the Kitchen opened in June and we have already run dozens of cooking classes, including courses for those on low incomes and people with learning difficulties. We have hosted community groups such as Age UK, Refugee Radio and the Carers Centre, as well as local companies and keen cooks.
However, owing to unforeseen circumstances, we still lack some essentials. We wrestled with the idea of another fundraising campaign, knowing that times are tight for everybody. But we have also proved that our Community Kitchen is a valuable space – and know that our missing items will make delivery of our courses in this incredible space better for both those benefiting from them and those delivering them.
In short, we still need:
- A commercial dishwasher. We now realise the benefits one of these could bring! A 5-minute wash cycle vs the 30-60 minutes of a domestic machine would mean our volunteers won’t be washing up past midnight after evening classes. We currently wash all dishes by hand. Remaining cost – £2,000
- A washer-dryer. This was one of the items cut from our wish list after asbestos was discovered during the Kitchen’s build, leading to unexpected extra expenditure. Kitchen staff are currently taking home huge piles of dirty aprons and dish towels. Cost – £500
- Sound-proofing. Our kitchen is spacious, with lovely high ceilings, but this can cause issues with sound reverberation which particularly impact on more vulnerable participants. A few simple modifications (eg sound panels) could make a massive difference. Cost – £400
If the same number of people who donated during our crowdfund could give just £10, our autumn courses could start with these crucial items in place.
We have already received valuable donations to help us finish off our space – a fridge from the local school meals service and a freezer from the lovely Paul at Trollburger. Chefs like Kanthi from the Curry Leaf Cafe have also donated their time for cookery classes to help us across this last hurdle.
Now we just need you!
Please donate £10 (or more if you can!) before 30 September at our JustGiving page.
Please share your support on social media using #SepTenner and @btnkitchen. Share a photo of yourself with a ten-pound note to be entered into our competition for a free cookery class place. Social media is a proven way to increase donations!
With many thanks
The team at BHFP