Hope Kitchen is cook­ing with gas at new home

The Oban Times - - Front Page - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

The char­ity Hope Kitchen – which feeds the hun­gry and home­less – has moved into new premises in Oban. Full story

AN OBAN char­ity that helps to feed up to 45 peo­ple each day will be able to do even more from its new premises on 2 Soroba Road.

Hope Kitchen, which was nom­i­nated for Scot­tish char­ity of the year, up­graded be­cause of a need for more space.

The re­fur­bished build­ing, ti­tled New Hope, was of­fi­cially opened last week by the Lord Lieu­tenant of Ar­gyll and Bute, Pa­trick Ste­wart, who said: ‘ We have read a lot about the project and how it blos­somed.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, that means there is a need to be met. It is clear from the num­ber of peo­ple here to­day that this is a great suc­cess in Oban.

‘Th­ese premises are very well placed. I have the great­est plea­sure in declar­ing th­ese premises open.’

Jamie Liv­ing­stone, a lo­cal poet who runs writ­ing classes in Hope, per­formed at the open­ing event, as did a num­ber of mu­si­cians such as fan-favourites K9 Kev, Rory O’B and Ruar­idh Gal­braith.

Hope Kitchen’s man­ager, Lor­raine MacCormick, said: ‘It’s been amaz­ing. It’s been a jour­ney, but we are fi­nally here.

‘ We are so grate­ful to ev­ery­one who has helped us be­cause so many peo­ple have come in.

‘Some of the ser­vice users have been in help­ing and our vol­un­teers have been ex­cel­lent. Lo­cal trades­men have given us work for free – peo­ple have been so good.’

Stu­art Chalmers, chair­man of Hope, said: ‘I would like to men­tion the way that the com­mu­nity has helped us achieve this.

‘This was a lot of work to do and we had a lot of trades­men giv­ing up their work freely to do this. It’s great the com­mu­nity comes to­gether in a time of need.’

Ca­tri­ona Petit, who has helped with the trans­for­ma­tion, added: ‘It’s a mas­sive trans­for­ma­tion to the build­ing. We have had hun­dreds of vol­un­teer hours to get to this point.

‘We want this to be some­where where peo­ple feel val­ued. I find it a real priv­i­lege to be part of this ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Oban High School pupils Alik Aleynik and Silke Bur­rows re­ceived a spe­cial thanks at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Alik and Silke were cho­sen as joint win­ners in the de­sign a logo com­pe­ti­tion, with their en­tries be­ing com­bined to cre­ate the New Hope logo.

Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart, left, opened the new premises, along with Hope Kitchen trustee Ken Ox­land, Stu­art Chalmers, chair­man, and man­ager Lor­raine MacCormick.

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