The Clink Charity’s fourth prison restaurant has completed its first month in business following installation of a new kitchen provided for free by the foodservice equipment industry.
Manufacturers serving as allied members of the FCSI UK & Ireland, which is the trade body for foodservice design consultants, donated more than £50,000 of equipment to the restaurant at HMP Styal in Cheshire.
The restaurant is designed to help rehabilitate female prisoners through front-of-house and chef training.
The catering facilities were designed by FCSI professional member Andrew Powis of Sterling Foodservice Design, and feature kitchen equipment donated or subsidised by 14 FCSI members.
Catering equipment manufacturers have previously donated kit to the other Clink restaurants that have opened, and Chris Moore, chief executive of the charity, said: “We receive very generous support from our suppliers and the industry as a whole, especially from FCSI members who have yet again collectively either donated equipment or sold it to us at a greatly reduced price. The FCSI members involved have all helped to bring our vision for The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal to life and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.”
Niccola Boyd-Stevenson, chairman of the FCSI UK & Ireland, added: “The work of The Clink Charity is truly inspiring – that’s why we’ve supported it through donations to all of its sites and several professional members have given up their time as restaurant ambassadors to help promote the charity to our industry. I’m delighted that our members have continued to support the charity to meet its equipment requirements and create a high, standard, professional kitchen in Manchester.”
The Clink Charity is a not-for-profit venture that aims to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders by training and placing graduates upon their release into the hospitality industry.
In 2014, The Clink Charity welcomed over 36,000 customers through the doors of its restaurants at HMP High Down, HMP Cardiff and HMP Brixton.
The companies that donated to The Clink include Adande Refrigeration, C&C Catering Equipment, Chiller Box, First Choice Catering Spares, Gram, Hobart, Jestic, Mechline, Meiko, Monika, RH Hall, Shelfspan, Unox and William Refrigeration.