Cambscuisine Community Fund
On 23rd September we launched the Cambscuisine Community Fund (CCF). Across all nine of our restaurants we’ve been raising money to support vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire. For every bill over £30, in all of our restaurants, we’ve been adding a discretionary £1 added to it to support the Fund.
Since launching, the Cambscuisine Community Fund has raised over £16,000 for local charities that support our vision. Thank you to our loyal local customers for their continued support with CCF.
The Cambscuisine Community Fund (CCF) isn’t a PR stunt or corporate window-dressing though. We are building upon our existing work, which you can see below, to support local vulnerable people. We are hoping to raise significant funds, with the help of our loyal local customers, that can be divided between local organisations to build a better community around Cambridgeshire.
CCF will be managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation who will look after the Fund and manage the application process for local organisations. Twice a year local charitable organisations will be able to pitch for funding for projects. A committee made up of Cambscuisine employees and representatives from The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation will decide on how to divide the funds based on the impact to the local community.
At Cambscuisine our chosen charity is Wintercomfort for the Homeless. In 2018 we managed to raise a total of £9528 and since 2016 we’ve raised more than £20,000 for this fantastic local charity. We support their work in a number of ways:
– Each restaurant has chosen a popular menu item from which to donate 25p every time the dish is served.
– We produce a charity calendar each year, all proceeds of which go to Wintercomfort. Thanks to our sponsors Minuteman Press, Fisher & Woods, Stilton Butchers and Infusions Group, who helped make this possible.
– We have set up a ‘Back To Work’ scheme at a couple of our restaurants. Following on from the Summit on Homelessness #ItTakesACity we’re also part of a working group trying to help more businesses in Cambridge adopt a similar scheme.
– The leadership team put on a ‘Burgers & Bingo’ night at Wintercomfort and look forward to holding similar events in the future.
As a local restaurant group, community is at the heart of what we do. Here are a few examples of how we try to get involved:
– Each restaurant team is given two charity days each year for volunteers to spend time helping a charity of their choice.
– Staff at The Tickell Arms have lead baking classes for the children at William Westley school.
– Across our restaurants we hold regular charity coffee mornings and pub quizzes raising hundreds of pounds for charities such as Macmillan, The Children’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK as well as local community clubs and groups. Staff frequently bake cakes to bring to these events in their own time.