New partnership to feed families & elderlies on Christmas day!
Over 300 people in need will get to enjoy a free festive meal at home on Christmas Day, thanks to the joint efforts from Big Hearts Community Trust and the Space and Broomhouse Hub.
In the Gorgie/Sighthill ward of Edinburgh, which holds the highest rate of child poverty across the city (35% vs 22%), Christmas will be even more challenging this year.
Breaking with their tradition of opening Tynecastle Stadium on Christmas Day to anyone in need of good food and festive cheer, Big Hearts will go on the road to deliver safely pre-cooked meals across the community.
Rising to the challenges brought by Covid-19, the Hearts’ charity is teaming up with the award-winning organisation in Broomhouse, which will see their Space Kitchen cater 300 individuals Christmas dinners for vulnerable households.
Kirsty Roebuck, Project Officer at Big Hearts said: “When we had to think of a partner who could help us cook and deliver Christmas meals this year, Space was at the top of our list. It’s one of Big Hearts’ most ambitious projects to date so it was only right we brought in a well-established partner. On hearing our plans Space immediately replied ‘let’s make this work’, so we knew from day one we had a partner we could rely on”’.
Lyn Glenn, Kitchen Manager at Space comments: “The Space Kitchen is open 5 days a week and we’ve been producing thousands of meals during lockdown. Our staff look forward to working with Big Hearts and preparing tasty Christmas dinners that will be gratefully appreciated by local folk from the comfort of their own homes.”
Big Hearts and the Space and Broomhouse Hub have a long history of working hand in hand, with their joint youth befriending service supporting over 40 young people every year, with the help from volunteer Hearts fans.
Early in 2020 both charities were recognised by the Scottish Government as Community Anchor Organisations, with funding awarded to coordinate the Covid-19 recovery of the South West Edinburgh communities.
Craig Wilson, General Manager at Big Hearts said: “Like most charities, Big Hearts had to adapt to Covid-19 so we can still be there for those who need our help. Christmas is no exception and thanks to the catering expertise from Space we are in the position to increase the number of people supported this year, particularly those facing loneliness and poverty.”
Bridie Ashrowan, Chief Executive at Space & the Broomhouse Hub said: “In 2020, our two organisations became closer, leading a collaborative approach for the wellbeing and prosperity of South West Edinburgh communities. We are delighted to bring our partnership with Big Hearts one step further over Christmas, through our talented catering team. It has helped people to prepare for and be able to enjoy the festive season.”