We doubled our support last year to provide more than 60 hot meals across two days to North-east charity, Aberdeen Cyrenians which supports people affected by homelessness.
Service users enjoyed a delicious festive feast of Scotch broth, beef steak pie or turkey with the traditional trimmings and white chocolate cheesecake. The meals were delivered to the charity by Scottish Chef of the year 2019 and Entier Chef, Orry Shand, on December 23, with the catering team returning on December 27.
Lyla Munro, Unit Manager organised the donation of 80 jackets and also gifts her time to the charity each week. The wider Entier team took part in the charity’s Christmas campaign, ‘12 days of Christmas’ – a reverse advent calendar with some of the most-needed items for the charity’s service users. We also support Aberdeen Cyrenians throughout the year by delivering surplus in-date food to the charity.
Peter Bruce said: “Homelessness remains a real issue here in Aberdeen. This year we decided to double our festive support and offer free hot meals on two days during the Christmas period.
“By providing these meals over the festive season, as well as the food contributions throughout the year, we hope to help a number of those who are most in need.
“As a company, we are committed to giving back the local community and trying to support as many charitable causes as we can in the region.”
Mike Burns, Aberdeen Cyrenians Chief Executive, said: “The meals that Entier kindly gift represent something more than a nutritional benefit to the people we support; there are significant social benefits of coming together with others over food.
“This time of year can be an exceptionally isolating time, so to be able to offer a number of our service users the chance to sit in the warmth and enjoy a hot meal with friends is hugely important.
“We are so grateful for the ongoing support that Entier provides the charity, not only during the festive period but also throughout the year.”
Aberdeen Cyrenians was established in 1968 and over the past 51 years the range of services it offers has grown considerably. Originally just providing food and shelter, the charity is dedicated to supporting people affected by homelessness, violence, domestic abuse and other forms of social exclusion.
For more information about Aberdeen Cyrenians visit www.aberdeencyrenians.org