VOTING is open to the public to help a Fareham refuge win thousands of pounds worth of kitchen appliances.
The Fareham refuge, taken over by Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) in April this year, has been shortlisted in a competition run by Stoves, a British cooking appliance brand. This competition is part of Stoves’s £20,000 Community Kitchens campaign, which will provide new kitchen equipment for community facilities across the UK.
Stoves are offering three prizes for the winners. Bronze and silver winners will receive appliance packages worth between £2,000 and £3,000, and the two overall winners will get £5,000 worth of prizes. The winners will be decided by a vote.
‘If we are successful, the lasting legacy of this donation will be felt all the years the equipment is in use and will add to the relief of women and children arriving at a safe place after years of terror,’ said Claire Chatwin, chief executive of SDAS.
If SDAS wins the competition, it intends to refurbish the kitchen of the six bedroom refuge which provides services to victims of domestic abuse. It supports many families each year and can house six women and up to 16 children at any one time.
The first load of applications to the competition saw 230 nominations submitted from across the country, and judges have now shortlisted just 11.
Jonathan Casley, managing director of Stoves’s parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, said: ‘We were overwhelmed with excellent entries. This campaign highlights just how much amazing community-based work goes on to help vulnerable, marginalised and less-well-off groups of people across the UK.
‘Preparing and sharing food brings people together, so a kitchen is often an important part of a community space. However, they can be expensive to set up and maintain. Community Kitchens was designed to help these projects.’