‘We’re incredibly grateful for the work put in’

Giles Cleverly(left) and Steve Rukin (centre) present Doug Hulme from Second Chance with a cheque for �250 in the kitchen they built for the charity with other volunteers from the Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table 2.  Picture: Steve Reid (123227-059)
Giles Cleverly(left) and Steve Rukin (centre) present Doug Hulme from Second Chance with a cheque for �250 in the kitchen they built for the charity with other volunteers from the Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table 2. Picture: Steve Reid (123227-059)
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For years a children’s charity in Portsmouth had to make do with a kitchen which had been damaged by fire.

Now Second Chance Children’s Charity, in Somers Town, Portsmouth, has been given a new lease of life thanks to a kind-hearted investment by another charitable organisation.

Ten members of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table stripped out the old kitchen and put in a new sink, taps, worktops and tiles.

The team also provided new plumbing for the charity’s washing machine and ordered new electrics for its cooker, which now means hot meals can be served up to children and parents who use the centre.

The work took two weeks to complete during weekends and evenings in the week last month.

The Round Table decided to help out the charity a year ago after raising £750 through holding comedy and race nights.

An extra £500 was put forward by B&Q.

Parts for the kitchen were donated by local businesses and a hospital in London.

Collette Boughton, office manager for Second Chance, says she is incredibly grateful.

‘Just before we acquired our offices in Somers Town a number of years ago, there had been a fire in the kitchen.

‘We decided to just clean it up and had never got round to sorting it out properly.

‘Though it was fine to use it was pretty grotty and you normally wouldn’t want to stay in there for very long.’

She adds: ‘Now we’ve been given a shiny, bright, white, new kitchen – and we’re incredibly grateful for it and the work the Round Table put in.

‘We only have five paid staff and about 100 volunteers. If it wasn’t for our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to survive because we rely on other charitable organisations helping us out.’

Collette adds: ‘It’s given everyone here a massive boost.

‘It means we can do so much more to help the people who come to us.

‘We can now do hot meals for the first time.’

The Round Table continued its support of the worthy cause when it presented a £250 cheque to staff following the makeover.

Matt Dennison, who has been a member for 20 years, was part of the team that helped out.

‘It’s given me great satisfaction helping out a children’s charity and at the same time we’ve had some great fun doing the work,’ he says.

‘We try to support a lot of local causes.

‘I joined the Round Table after I left the armed forces. It’s nice meeting up with other like-minded people.’