£5,000 donation to Brid homeless project

Bridlington Lions donated money to buy equitment for the Kingfisher Cafe - Margaret Cooper, David Cooper, Peter Jay, Eileen Sunderland, and Ruth Saxby

Bridlington Lions donated money to buy equitment for the Kingfisher Cafe - Margaret Cooper, David Cooper, Peter Jay, Eileen Sunderland, and Ruth Saxby

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A donation of around £5,000 is helping a Bridlington social enterprise business keep serving up meals to its customers.

The Kingfisher Cafe in West Street is popular with local residents and visitors for lunch or a snack.

But it would not exist without its prime aim of helping feed Bridlington’s homeless.

Established two years ago by the Kingfisher Trust charity it is still, according to former chairperson David Cooper, managing to keep its head above water.

Bridlington Lions Club has recognised its worth as a place where currently between 12 and 15 homeless people can go for a free meal and has given the Trust £5,000 which it has used to buy two new freezers, a fridge and a new griddle for the kitchen.

Mr Cooper said: “It is a magnificent gesture by the Lions. We had been managing to get by using just domestic fridges and freezers which we had ‘acquired’ but the Lions donation has enabled us to buy proper, much larger, commercial ones.

“When we emptied the two old chest freezers we had the contents just disappeared into one corner of one of the new freezers.”

The cafe continues to open to the public between 10am and 2.30pm from Wednesday through to Saturday.

It offers free meals to the homeless between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays and between 4pm and 5pm on Sundays.

As always more cash donations would be welcome as would donations of food and clothing.

Anyone interested in becoming a Trust volunteer should call in at the cafe during opening hours.