Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club (HRUFC) has donated its entire commercial kitchen to Corrina & Friends, the town’s first “pay as you feel” community cafe.
The rugby club, which played its last game at Claro Road earlier this month no longer needed the kitchen because of its move to the new ground at Rudding Lane in September.
The donated equipment will be integrated into the café kitchen, where volunteers will cook meals using donated surplus produce. The profits will be put back into a project supporting vulnerable and homeless people in Harrogate.
The café is the brainchild of Corrina Young, a 50-year-old local woman who founded Corrina’s Homeless and Vulnerable Project, which every Sunday provides a two course meal to those in need in Harrogate.
The community eatery will produce meals for customers invited to pay what they can, or what they feel their meal is worth. After the cafe closes for the day, people who are homeless or in need will be offered free meals.
Corrina said: “The generosity of the local business community has been overwhelming. Alongside the kind donation of the kitchen equipment from the Harrogate Rugby Club, we have people fundraising to help pay our first year’s rent of £12,000, including doing a sponsored fire walk.
“Our ingredients will be donated from local greengrocers, butchers, bakers and supermarkets.”
Cllub chairman James Smithies said: “We are so pleased that the club has been able to contribute to Corrina’s café by donating our old kitchen equipment. The club moves to its new site on Rudding Lane in September, so no longer needs the kitchen from Claro Road.
“We are delighted that it will go towards helping such a worthy cause and wish Corrina every success with the venture which we will continue to support in any way we can.”
Last year HRUFC launched ‘The Cockerel Appeal’ to raise a further £200,000 to ensure Harrogate Rugby enters a new chapter in its 143-year history debt-free.