ALMR Chief Executive, David McHattie was on hand last month to witness the fruits of ALMR members’ generosity.
Over £20,000 donated at last year’s ALMR Christmas Lunch has gone towards establishing an Independent Living Area Kitchen at the LTC’s LVS Hassocks School.
The Independent Living Area kitchen has been incorporated into the school for youngsters with autism and is helping build independent living skills and social interaction.
The kitchen is currently used by students aged 16-19 for cooking and eating with students encouraged to plan and budget their own meals.
Students calculate their meals for the week and do their own shopping before cooking the dishes in the Independent Living Area.
Resident student, Callum McCree, 16 said: “Now that we have a kitchen it gives our residents a sense of purpose in the evenings.
“They are up cooking and preparing meals with the room to be creative and explore their culinary abilities.
“We are that much closer to the ideal level of independence with the means to self-sustain; I cannot understate the benefits.”
Licensed Trade Charity Director of Marketing, Liz Gaffer added: “The support from ALMR members every year means a great deal to us.
“It allows us to make a significant difference in people’s lives, like giving youngsters with autism a kitchen for building their independent living skills, or paying for food parcels for retired licensees struggling financially.
“It’s also a clear sign that members of this industry body support the work of their own charity. We are very proud to have this support.”
ALMR Chief Executive, David McHattie said: “Once again the ALMR members have shown their kindness and dedication to supporting worthy causes.
“This generosity is typical of the level of support licensed hospitality gives to worthy causes regularly. This fantastic sector raised in excess of £100 million for charitable causes in 2010 and 2011 and shows no sign of stopping.
“We are immensely pleased to give our continued support to the Licensed Trade Charity and to show that this industry invests in its people and provides fantastic opportunities.”