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Charity fundraising appeal for new kitchen

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 July 2015

VolkerFitzpatrick, which has a contract for some Crossrail work in Ilford. The company is giving £1,500 towards the new kitchen at the Ilford Salvation Army, in Clements Road.

VolkerFitzpatrick, which has a contract for some Crossrail work in Ilford. The company is giving £1,500 towards the new kitchen at the Ilford Salvation Army, in Clements Road.

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A former volunteer at a winter night shelter is helping the same charity to raise thousands of pounds for a new kitchen.

Bobbette Watson became aware of the Ilford Salvation Army’s work when she and eight others volunteered at its shelter, in Clements Road.

Through her role as a workplace and community liaison co-ordinator for VolkerFitzpatrick, Bobbette is calling on the public to help the charity raise £65,000.

VolkerFitzpatrick is the company working on the Crossrail Ilford Yard stabling project.

Bobbette said: “Last January, nine members of staff volunteered to do weekly shifts at the centre and initiated donations of food, clothing and toiletries to support the guests.

“While volunteering, we realised the Salvation Army is an integral part of the community, offering many services that support in a variety of ways.

“However, it was evident that the kitchen facilities were not fit for purpose being very cramped, with inadequate amenities.

“I wanted to support them in this venture.”

VolkerFitzpatrick has donated £1,000 and sub-contractor Stokes Associates £500.

Bobbette is calling on Redbridge businesses to get involved.

Residents can donate by visiting justgiving.com/ilfordsakitchen.


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