We have found the perfect recipe to raise almost £6,000 for our charity of the year, The People’s Kitchen.
We chose to adopt the city-based organisation, which has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged people in the Newcastle area since 1985, as their dedicated charity for 2017/18.
And at the end of 12 months of fundraising, a total of £5,711.35 has been donated to The People’s Kitchen at a special Tea Party celebration lunch at the charity’s Bath Lane headquarters.
Regular fundraising activities held through the year have included cake bakes and dress down days, while Paralegal Mairi Clancy raised almost £500 by running the Edinburgh Marathon and there was also a successful ‘Splat the Solicitor’ event at Gateshead Rugby Club’s Summer Fayre.
A team of ten young Solicitors and Trainees successfully took on the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge during the summer, completing a 25 mile route which went via the summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Despite having to climb over 2,100m during the walk, and though the warm weather made it even tougher than usual, the team crossed the finish line comfortably within the allotted 12 hour time limit, raising another £900.
We also organised a five-a-side Charity Shield football tournament involving 15 teams from Newcastle’s professional services firms, and are now hoping to hold the event on an annual basis.
The People’s Kitchen aims to provide friendship and food to anyone who needs support, and play a unique role in the city’s efforts to meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people.
Its 200-strong team of volunteers cook and serve over 40,000 hot meals every year, while the charity also provides sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothes for people sleeping on Newcastle’s streets and works with a range of professional partners across the city to signpost service users towards drug, alcohol, health and well-being advice.
Sara Malik, Chair of our CSR Committee, said: “The People’s Kitchen is the source of so much support, advice and care for people living in extremely challenging circumstances within our city, and it’s been an honour for us to be able to contribute to its invaluable work.
“Our initial aim was to raise around £4,500, so to reach nearly £6,000 is a fantastic achievement by all concerned, and shows the value that our team places on the work of The People’s Kitchen.”
David Yellowley, trustee at The People’s Kitchen, said: “I was overawed by the fantastic efforts and the variety of events that helped to raise the huge total, it was also great to see staff involved in arranging the tea party for the homeless. With no government funding, every penny donated is vital to maintain our services to the vulnerable of Newcastle”
Visit The People’s Kitchen homepage for more information on the work that they do.
Our new dedicated charity for 2018/19 will be Tiny Lives.