Tuck in at tasty fundraiser in aid of Thanet Summer Kitchen free cooking sessions for parents

The community kitchen headed up by Sharon Goodyer Photo Dave Stillman

A fundraiser next month will help pay for Summer Kitchen sessions for parents to be held at Thanet schools.

The Summer Kitchen, headed up by Ramsgate entrepreneur Sharon Goodyer, ran at Drapers Mills school, and St Christopher’s Church in Newington during the school summer holidays.

The community kitchen scheme provided free meals, both eat in and takeaway, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, it was run by Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet with Drapers Mills school, Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Thanet, Fareshare, Asda, Windmill Allotments, Geoff Philpott’s farm, Your Leisure and county councillor Barry Lewis.

Sharon Goodyer had a team of four professionals and a small army of volunteers helping out in the project which was funded by Cllr Lewis and fellow councillor Karen Constantine.

During the scheme some 1,642 meals were served.

The plan is to roll the Summer scheme out next year to more schools. Sharon will also be chasing funding which was due to have come through the Street Games organisation via a £2million government pot to provide Summer meals and exercise schemes.

To help pay for the parent sessions at isle schools Ramsgate councillor Karen Constantine is hosting a fundraiser event at her home.

The event, on Saturday, November 10 from 7pm, will include rib sticking ‘bangers and mash’ and a beer to wash it down or veggie and vegan options. Eddie Gadd of Gadds Brewery is supporting the event.

Tickets are £10 and there will be a raffle run by Labour group leader Cllr Jenny Matterface with prizes including a meal for two at the Yarrow Hotel, Sunday meal for two at Churchill’s pub and other generous donations,

Karen Constantine

Cllr Constantine said: “The aim is to build on the success of the Summer Kitchen by providing sessions for parents in primary schools to support them in giving affordable, delicious and nutritious meals for their children. All sessions will be free of charge and it will be a great opportunity to get together to cook, learn new skills, meet new people and provide quality food. All free of course!”

To buy a ticket or to donate email [email protected] or find the facebook event page here