A huge part of our support is the provision of fresh, hot food, which is vital for people’s physical and mental health. COVID-19 has presented a particular challenge to everyone, but to vulnerable people in particular – during the first lockdown, we were providing almost 200 meals every day. (Discover more about our Covid-19 Response).
However, the old combination oven used to prepare those meals has been failing. Having had it fixed several times in the space of a few months, it became clear that a new one was going to be needed in order to keep providing vital meals during lockdown. Good commercial ovens are expensive, but through the support of a grant from The Grail Society and the fundraising efforts of Kada Research Ltd we were able to purchase a new oven. It is now finally installed and ready to go just in time for a cold Winter.
“I am really pleased Kada was able to make a donation of £1,000 towards the new oven at the Archer Project as part of our CSR activities which we take seriously. It is such a vital piece of equipment and after many months of fund-raising I am so pleased to see we have met our target and had the oven installed. It was a pleasure to serve the first breakfasts to Sheffield’s homeless people this morning with the Cathedral Archer Project team.” Karl Dalgleish, Director of Kada Research
The oven won’t just be providing food to vulnerable people. We have been working hard to develop social enterprises in order to provide people with work experience and connections to local business. Having successfully built up a cleaning and printing enterprise, we have now been trialling a small cake bakery to supply cakes to local businesses. The new oven will put us in a much better position to build that trial up into a full social enterprise to benefit homeless and vulnerable people.
With an expected lifetime of 12 years, the oven should provide in excess of 200,000 hot cooked breakfasts and the same number of lunches to the most vulnerable people in Sheffield. Having good-quality equipment puts us in a strong place to be resilient in unforeseen circumstances, such as the global pandemic we are currently facing.
“I love our new oven. It will be used 6 days a week and is so versatile, just what we need feeding the numbers we do. During the pandemic lockdown we were providing nearly 200 meals every day and an oven like this just makes catering so much easier.” Tim Renshaw, Chief Executive of the Cathedral Archer Project