BURTON’S MP has stepped in to try and find a permanent new home for a popular soup kitchen that helps feed the homeless in the town.
Andrew Griffiths has been asked by Mick Cramp, who runs the Burton Soup Kitchen, to help out in the hunt for new premises after the search has so far proved fruitless.
The community resource was forced to look for a new home after the site from which it operates at the Salvation Army, in Mosley Street, was condemned in May.
The headquarters was told it would have to close following a survey which found major issues with much of the 140-year-old site that would cost hundreds of thousands to repair.
Since then the team has been racing against the clock to find somewhere new to continue to help the homeless.
Mr Griffiths said: “I have been approached by the organisers of the soup kitchen to help in finding a new home for it in central Burton.
“The Burton Soup Kitchen has been a lifeline for its users since it opened in 2007 and it would be terrible if it had to close. Having visited previously, I have seen first-hand the brilliant work which the volunteers do for their users in providing food, companionship and support.
“This survival of the organisation is entirely reliant on its volunteers and securing a premises that is cost effective to operate.
“Unfortunately, its current premises is soon to be condemned I would make a plea to anyone who could provide a suitable venue for a few hours each week to reach out to the organisation.
“It is vital that the good work of the kitchen can keep going.”
The Mail understands that the soup kitchen may have found a temporary home, with details expected to be released later this week, but efforts are still being made to find a more permanent base.
Mr Cramp is still appealing for help to find a similar building to continue the work.
He said: “The building would need to have a working kitchen for us to use and a seated area for about 25 to 30 people.
“Ideally it would have another room for us to use for storage because we’ve got a lot of donations from members of the public who also want to help, and we don’t like to have to say no to them.”
Anybody who may be able to help Mick find somewhere to carry on running the soup kitchen can call him directly on 07773 278758.
By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)