Charity steps up fundraising efforts

Kingfisher Cafe West Street'Ian McMillan is the new chairman as well as been the chef'NBFP PA1533-17
Kingfisher Cafe West Street'Ian McMillan is the new chairman as well as been the chef'NBFP PA1533-17

A Bridlington homeless people’s charity is planning a series of public events to boost funds.

For the past four years Kingfisher Trust volunteers have run the Kingfisher Cafe in West Street providing meals for the town’s homeless and acting as a value for money place to eat for the general public.

The Trusts’s new chairperson, retired chef Ian MacMillan,68, of Bridlington, said several special events were planned to help boost the public donations it receives to keep it going. “We serve between six to 18 homeless people a day depending on the weather with either breakfast, lunch or Sunday lunch. The cost of running the cafe is between £60 and £80 a day. We depend entirely on donated food or money to keep going,” said Ian who has worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for many years including at Bridlington Spa and Raggs Restaurant. He now works in the cafe on most days and took on the chairmanship of the Trust after Kath Brown, chairperson and stalwart of the charity, had to step down earlier this month due to ill health.

He and the team are planning a special open day on or around the cafe’s fourth anniversary on September 19 and are working on a few new fund raising projects.

“Starting in September we are planning ticket only themed events for the public. The first will be an Italian night, followed by possibly a steak night, and others to be decided. Each one will be sold in tables of four for up to 16 or 20 diners due to the size of the cafe and all the proceeds will go to the Trust,” said Ian.

Also on the cards is a “Buy a Brick” wall of fame where local business or individuals can demonstrate their support by buying a brick for £60 which will include their name.

As well as being dependent on cash donations the Trust is also grateful for donated food, skills and materials. For example, work started this week to create a new store room area and provide new disabled toilets. The Trust is also always on the look out for new volunteers to join its small team. Anyone who wants to help in any way including acting as a volunteer, or wants further information about those up and coming projects should contact Ian on 075 393 527 774 or John on 079 076 757 20.