The kitchen and catering team of a local community centre are celebrating the reopening of their refurbished kitchen, after the receipt of grants from local and national organisations and individuals.
Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton’s kitchen is a busy hub, not only with meals provided 365 days a year delivered out in to the community, but also a busy café that is open Monday-Friday that serves affordable meals and light bites. Mayfair’s kitchen also caters for daycare clients who come to Mayfair each day.
Sophie Eades, Centre Coordinator at Mayfair said “our kitchen, although useable, was looking a little grim in places. Some of the units were domestic, so didn’t cope that well with the use it had, so handles had fallen off and drawers had broken – but we kept repairing what we had!”
Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Mayfair received the sum of £17,372 towards refurbishing the kitchen. Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Another donation came from the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust. The Trust were formed in 2011 for the ‘relief of financial hardship, sickness and poor health amongst elderly people in Shropshire and particularly in and around Much Wenlock’.
Mark Laws, Chairman of the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust said “the MWFCT objective is to help the elderly who are in need. Much of the work at Mayfair Community Centre does exactly that including the provision of meals from the now refurbished kitchen”.
Mark continued “my recent visit to Mayfair confirmed for me that the Centre is a growing and thriving hub for a large amount of support in the community and with a great atmosphere of voluntary support”.
Centre Coordinator at Mayfair, Sophie Eades, said “we are so very grateful for the funds received to help us fund our shiny new kitchen. A huge part of what we do at Mayfair revolves around our kitchen and café”.
Donations were also received from The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust and the Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust.