Volunteer ‘thank you’ event
A very enjoyable evening event was organised on Sunday April 7th as a ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who have helped to build and equip the Centre’s fantastic new kitchen and who have supported the Centre in other ways.
Organised by Centre Manager, Maureen Richardson BEM, the event was the first opportunity to use the new facilities to make a hot meal for around 45 people. This will undoubtedly be the first of many! As an informal launch event, there was also an informal ribbon cutting ceremony which was undertaken by three Duke of Edinburgh Coffee Shop volunteers (Caitlin Hetherington, Freya Hastings and Kiera Fearnley)
For some of the volunteers, it was the first time they had seen the finished kitchen and all were very impressed with its modern design and flexibility. There was also a slide show of photographs showing the various building stages of the kitchen which emphasised how much had been achieved in the last few months. The project was funded by Lancaster City Council’s Take Pride Community Fund, aimed at supporting community projects, which awarded The Centre £9,550 together with £14,000 raised by a number of fund raising events and income from the Centre’s Coffee Shop.
“We are delighted with the kitchen which has been fitted out and equipped over the last few months. Without the fantastic help and support of a loyal group of volunteers and suppliers: Howdens Joinery Co and Lines & Jones Ltd we would not have been able to complete the project to such a high standard.
We are very grateful for all the help we have received during the kitchen project and also for the support we get from our volunteers in the Coffee Shop and in organising events and activities enabling us to have a wonderful range of facilities at The Centre @ Halton.”