We are proud to support SIFA Fireside’s annual Christmas lunch for their clients, and we have done so for many years.
SIFA Fireside is the result of the merger of two charities; Supporting Independance From Alcohol and the Fireside Charity. They are based in the Digbeth area of Birmingham and have around 100 staff and volunteers. They work with those who are homeless, affected by alcohol or otherwise socially excluded to improve their physical, social and mental well-being.
SIFA Fireside aim to empower people to meet their short and long term goals. They do this through practical support, including daily drop-ins, a resettlement service, a specialist alcohol support service, well-being and activity groups and an employment and training programme.
In order to help support SIFA Fireside, we donate a Christmas lunch for their clients – so we supply a full kitchen and front-of-house team, all the equipment and, of course, a full three course lunch. Those of us who have been lucky enough to participate in the event always look forward to it, as it really is amazing to be able to give back to the community and help spread some festive cheer.
Regional Operations Director, Martyn Stockwin, commented, “I’ve been involved in this event since we partnered with SIFA Fireside, and I really look forward to it every year. I’ve got to know their team over the years, and it’s great to be able to support the fantastic work they do”.
The team arrived early on the morning of Wednesday 14th December, ready to cook and serve dinner for over 100 of SIFA Fireside’s clients. Chef Director, Chris Ince, was creating the magic in the kitchen with Martyn leading the front of house. On offer was a prawn cocktail or Polish sausage salad for starter, a full Christmas dinner for the main and a traditional Christmas pudding with custard for dessert. It was a busy service, but with everyone working like clockwork, it went really smoothly and we were delighted with the feedback we got from SIFA Fireside’s clients.
Ewen Kinnear, Chair of the Trustees at SIFA Fireside, commented on the day:
“We’re delighted with what you’re doing. I’ve been involved for about five years, and every year it just gets better and better. Our clients see this as one of the biggest occasions of the year, not only do they enjoy the food but they get the feeling of importance. Your level of professionalism is first class, but it’s also the fact that you care and you’ve stuck with us for all this time, giving us so much support – it’s absolutely brilliant. We couldn’t ask for more.”
All that’s left is to wish everyone a very merry Christmas from all of our team!