A hospice serving 1200 terminally ill patients per year in central Scotland has been given a significant kitchen upgrade for free by E&R Moffat.
Strathcarron Hospice had to upgrade its ward-level kitchen, which provides meals, drinks and snacks for 24 in-house patients, ward staff and visitors in order to meet stricter standards in Scotland. “It was old but, more importantly, it didn’t meet new environmental health standards,” explains Irene McKie, the hospice’s chief executive. “We needed to replace all the old fittings with stainless steel, ensuring there were no joints or dirt traps.
Moffat, based in Bonnybridge, won a competitive tendering process against other suppliers, and only then notified the hospice that it would not charge for the equipment or installation.
“After the tendering process we selected Moffat for the contract. Then, out of the blue, the company announced they had decided to manufacture, supply and install the kitchen for free! It was just brilliant,” recalls McKie.
Moffat fabricated stainless steel floor cupboards, wall cupboards, sinks and splashbacks for the kitchen. The total install was worth over £10,000. “Strathcarron Hospice is a local charity that does truly wonderful work,” says Gordon McIntosh, Moffat’s commercial director. “We are delighted to continue our support for them and the services they provide.”
“In order to survive we have to raise £10,000 a day – it’s a real struggle, even more so as we a try to expand our services to meet growing demand. So a gift like Moffat’s is a huge bonus – it means the money we would have had to spend on the kitchen can go towards the vital services we supply,” McKie says.