Charity kitchen opened after £30,000 renovation

READY, STEADY, COOK: The Bridge Project's refurbished courtyard kitchen was opened yesterday morning with county councillor Colin Spence (right) cutting the ribbon as founder Anesta Newson and volunteers watched.

READY, STEADY, COOK: The Bridge Project's refurbished courtyard kitchen was opened yesterday morning with county councillor Colin Spence (right) cutting the ribbon as founder Anesta Newson and volunteers watched.

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Budding caterers at a Sudbury charity will be baking and cooking up a storm following the opening a newly refurbished kitchen.

The Bridge Project in Gainsborough Street unveiled its new look courtyard café kitchen yesterday. The opening followed months of fundraising to achieve the £30,000 required to carry out the work and bring the facilities up to commercial standards.

Anesta Newson, chief executive of the charity which runs vocational training and offers employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, said she was delighted with the result.

“The Courtyard Café is one of the busiest parts of The Bridge Project and the new kitchen is a wonderful facility for all our students and catering trainers, who put in a lot of hard work and effort to produce meals almost every day of the week,” Mrs Newson said.

The completion of the kitchen will allow the charity, founded in 1995, to cater for more customers.

This will provide a boost not only to the organisation’s funds but also mean the number of people within the area who receive its meals-on-wheels service can be increased. The service sees hot food being provided for the elderly and vulnerable.

“The new facilities mean students can continue to learn and invite more of the local community to enjoy the delicious food we make here at Bradbury Courtyard,” Mrs Newson said.

Among the groups which made the refurbishment possible were the Suffolk Community Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Sudbury Mencap and Babergh District Council, as well as a number of private donors.