Kingfisher Cafe staff say a big thank to everyone following vital donations during lockdown

A vital charity in Bridlington has said a huge thank you to every individual and organisation that has supported it during the lockdown.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 9:45 am
Rosemary French, at the Kingfisher Cafe, said the charity is hoping people will continue to donate as the area comes out of the lockdown.

The Kingfisher Cafe, which is based on West Street, supports the homeless and families in need in Bridlington – and its team of volunteers are hoping people will continue to donate so the service is able to be a necessary part of the community for many years to come.

Its volunteers provide a safe, warm and friendly cafe and work with local churches and other agencies to supply food, clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries and other necessities to the homeless.

At the start of the first lockdown the cafe’s trustees made the decision to open as a takeaway to ensure the continuation of its services to the wider community.

Due to the high demand for it is now open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday.

This service has been invaluable and will remain until Government guidelines allow the venue to reopen as a cafe.

The charity delivers 60 meals each week for 52 weeks a year and its volunteers source, prepare and serve approximately 3,000 meals per year.

Meals are provided free-of-charge for the homeless (those in receipt of benefit are asked for a small donation).

The most significant challenge for the charity is the cost of the utilities which is over £15,000 per year – and this does not include the food the cafe provides.

Rosemary French, at the Kingfisher Cafe, said: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donations that have come in, and are still coming into the cafe in many ways such as items previous mentioned and financial contributions.

“We have also received continual supplies of food from our local supermarkets which go some way to meeting our daily requirements.

“The Kingfisher Cafe is highly regarded within the community and by the agencies that we work with: police, probation office, the local council and neighbouring voluntary sector agencies.

“We hope that the residents in Bridlington see the value in our project and will continue to support us.”

Email [email protected] for further information as to how you can help.