BAE donation raises money for Recycling Lives

A donation from global leader BAE Systems has raised hundreds of pounds for the commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives new community cafe.

BAE Systems are decommissioning a number of unused buildings on their Warton site and as part of the project made a major donation of a fully working, industrial kitchen to enable the Recycling Lives community cafe to become a reality.

The kitchen removed on June 2, by Recycling Lives staff is being re-fitted at the Recycling Lives pilot centre, in Essex Street, Preston to form part of the new catering facilities.

Basic work on preparing the kitchen space for food preparation is now finished and 80 per cent of the equipment removed from BAE will be reused or recycled.

Equipment that cannot be used has been exchanged for a £1,200 credit note at Caterbay Ltd, suppliers of professional catering equipment based in Brockholes View, Preston to be spent on further equipment needed to finish the project.

The sales manager of Caterbay Ltd, Peter Hambleton was so impressed with the opportunities Recycling Lives provides for disadvantaged people, through education, training and work experience he made a personal donation to the charity of £200.

Mr Hambleton said: “When I heard about the Recycling Lives concept I was really impressed with the work opportunities it creates and thought it was a generally good cause.

“The charity makes a real impact on the local community and every small donation counts.”

The Recycling Lives opportunity is a chance to live within a safe and secure environment, while getting the opportunity to embark on a career and to get back into the working world.

The new Recycling Lives café will provide Residents with an alternative choice to work experience in the environmental sector while providing a steady income supporting the charity.

BAE has donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment to Recycling Lives including serve over counters, tables and chairs, cookers, fridges, freezers, work stations and plate warmers.

Neil Flanagan, Recycling Lives Operations and Training Manager said: “This swap has worked out perfectly for Recycling as it has enabled us to buy equipment we do need later down the line.

“Donations such as the one made by Peter are really lovely to receive and help to sustain the charity for the good of our Residents.”