A team of 20 young people from Stamford will spend this weekend cooking for hundreds at their own pop-up cafe in a bid to raise money to rebuild homes in Nepal.
Hundreds of families are still living in temporary shelters after their homes were destroyed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 last year. The quake claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people, and injured about 23,000. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged.
The families still waiting for their homes to be rebuilt are the very poor for whom Peterborough-based charity The Leprosy Mission England and Wales has been raising funds.
Stamford Youth Ministry decided to help following a visit from Helen Walton from The Leprosy Mission.
Director of children and youth ministry Rachael McIntyre said: “Helen Walton from the charity came to talk to us and the young people were very moved. So we had a meeting and asked ourselves what we could do. We ran a pop up cafe once before so we decided we’d do that again.
“We want to rebuild the home of at least one leprosy-affected family, which costs just £2,500.”
St George’s Place in St Mary’s Street will be transformed into the Thirds Cafe tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
There will be two sittings on the Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 8.30pm and one on Sunday at 12.30pm. Sittings for Friday at 7pm and Sunday have been fully booked.
Most of the food will be prepared by the youngsters although Stamford’s Bombay Cottage, in Scotgate and 8848, in Broad Street, are lending a big helping hand as is The New Covent Garden Soup Company. The youths will also be serving the meals and washing up afterwards.
The meals will include soup, curries, rice, dhal and mango ice cream and diners are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.
There is no set charge for the meals and all funds raised will go towards The Leprosy Mission’s Nepal Earthquake appeal.
Rachael said: “People can donate any amount. But we hope they will be very generous as we want to cover the cost of the meal and rebuild as many houses as if we can.”
Bookings via church office 01780 481800 or church website www.stgeorgeschurch.net youth page Thirds Café