Housebuilder saves the day

Housebuilder saves the day

A donation from Redcliffe Homes has saved the day for a Bristol-based charity which supports refugees and asylum-seekers, by helping fund a new kitchen where hot meals will be prepared for more than 100 such people.

The charity, Borderlands, runs a twice-weekly drop-in for individuals who come from a very poor and marginalised group, separated from their families and ‘taken-for-granted’ sources of personal, emotional and financial support.  

With 45% of them receiving no financial or accommodation support, other than from charities like Borderlands, users often cannot afford to feed themselves so the drop-in’s free hot meal is a real life-line.

The venue for the meals, Easton’s Tolentino Hall, was built over 10 years ago with a kitchen that was originally intended for occasional light use. However it was recently judged by local authority food hygiene inspectors as inadequate for the demands being made of it, so plans for a major overhaul had to be drawn up.

Borderlands’ director, Hilary Jones, said: “We had to raise £12,500, which is a huge amount of money for an organisation like ours.

“Redcliffe Homes was the first to respond to our appeal, and their pledge inspired others to follow suit. Their generosity will be appreciated by hundreds of disadvantaged people for many years to come.”

The renovation of the kitchen also means that Borderlands will be able to expand its service, as the professional-standard equipment being installed means that greater numbers of meals can be prepared and more users served their meals more quickly.

Lorraine Kendrick, marketing and sales manager for Redcliffe Homes, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support this very worthwhile cause.”

In addition to the hot meals, Borderlands’ drop-in sessions provide users with a warm welcome from volunteers and fellow users, the opportunity to learn English, voice their concerns to others in a safe setting and to access help and advice. The charity also gives out food parcels and clothes to those in urgent need.

Bristol is a Home Office ‘designated city’ where asylum seekers and refugees are placed. Approximately 500 asylum seekers and refugees are estimated to be in Bristol today. For further information see www.borderlands.uk.com

Borderland’s sponsor, Redcliffe Homes, is an award-winning, independent housebuilding company that specialises in creating desirable homes in some of the most sought-after locations throughout the South West and Wales.

Posted by Thyme Morris