The Cum­min Up Caribbean Restau­rant

The People's Friend - - Helping Others -

The Cum­min Up Caribbean restau­rant in Cat­ford will be cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year of throw­ing open its doors to lo­cal home­less and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple this De­cem­ber.

Man­ager Richard Simp­son and his fam­ily started the tra­di­tion after he was bap­tised.

“I wanted to help those who didn’t have any­thing at Christ­mas­time,” he ex­plains. “In 2008, the tim­ing seemed right. The en­tire fam­ily have given up their Christ­mas Day each year since. It’s a way for us to show the love of Christ in a prac­ti­cal way.”

The restau­rant pro­vides tra­di­tional roast turkey with all the trim­mings, but also adds in a Caribbean twist with jerk chicken and rice and peas.

“Peo­ple are in­vited to turn up from one p.m. and stay for the rest of the day. Lo­cals get in­volved – some drop off bags of cloth­ing and other items; oth­ers stay and talk to our guests. Some peo­ple will come and wash up for an hour to con­trib­ute.”

The meal is now very well at­tended.

“On av­er­age we serve about one hun­dred and twenty meals over the course of the day,” he says. “We’ve even served meals out­side at ta­bles put out on the pave­ment for vis­i­tors who didn’t want to leave their dogs out­side on their own.”

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