Old folks attending a lively Redcar gathering can now tuck into a wider selection of lunches thanks to a “tremendous” donation of kitchen equipment by Wilton energy supplier Sembcorp Utilities UK.
Three chiller units and a fridge freezer from a former works canteen on the Wilton International site have assisted Redcar Development Trust (RDT) in providing lunches to people attending their Intergenerational Day events.
The popular monthly events, organised by RDT at the Coatham Memorial Hall for several years, regularly attract around 200 pensioners.
They give older people the chance to leave the isolation of their own homes to chat and make new friends.
They also bring different generations closer together, with young volunteers organising the singing, dancing and entertainment.
Frankie Wales, Chief Executive of RDT said: “The recycling of this equipment by Sembcorp is a tremendous gesture and saves our charity a lot of money. More importantly it means we can provide our old people with a wider range of lunchtime options.”
Geoff Davis, Facilities Manager for Sembcorp, said: “The works canteens at the Wilton International site are no longer in operation and it has been great to find a new use for this equipment, particularly one that gives such pleasure to so many of our elderly neighbours.”
Sembcorp Contractor Controller Charlie Appleyard organised the transfer of the equipment – weighing several tonnes – along with Wilton-based transport firm MW Crane Hire Ltd.
Photo: Charlie is pictured (left) tucking in as Mr Wales looks on. Serving the attendees is volunteer Luke Sayers, 16, a member of the Redcar Boxing Club which trains at the hall.