Local business, Ben’s Kitchen based at Forest Hill Golf club, adapted to lockdown by preparing and delivering delicious Sunday dinners to customers both new and old. As well as helping the business adapt through tricky trading times, Ben’s Kitchen also decided to help two other very worthwhile causes by providing hundreds of high quality meals for NHS workers fighting COVID-19 and by donating £1 from every Sunday dinner sold to locally-based charity Alex’s Wish.
Ben of Ben’s Kitchen said, “It’s been an incredible several months and I for one never thought I’d live and work through times like these and yet here we are. We had to think quickly about how we could keep the business open and running and that meant being relevant to what people wanted during lockdown. Feeling like you’re going out for dinner, even when you can’t, by accessing high quality food prepared by someone else felt right and so we quickly introduced an online ordering system to our website and put out the word via our Facebook page. Sunday Dinner Delivered Straight to Your Door was a hit from day one and it makes me so pleased that Alex’s Wish have benefited from a £1 donation from each meal. I know it isn’t a lot but we’re a very small company and I think to do something – however small – rather than nothing is the point. Our customers are pleased with our decision to support such a fabulous charity, I’m pleased and so is Alex’s Wish so its win:win:win all round! So far we’ve donated £1,034 to Alex’s Wish.
“We’ve also been keeping ourselves busy by cooking hundreds of meals for NHS workers on the frontline who’ve worked tirelessly protecting our safety as we fight against COVID-19. Again, a small something that we can do and that we know has made such a huge, positive impact. At the end of the day at Ben’s Kitchen we’re all food lovers with a true passion for preparing proper meals so it’s not hard work for us to do it by any means.”
Speaking on behalf of Alex’s Wish, Emma Hallam, founder and Mum to Alex after whom the charity is named said, “We’re so grateful to Ben and Ben’s Kitchen for donating £1 from every Sunday Dinner sold. Their donation of over £1,000 is amazing and just goes to show how donations can build up over time. In times like these literally every penny let alone pound counts and for a small business to be thinking about others at a time like this is testament to the kindness and generosity of people like Ben. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Ben and his team for their ongoing support!”
To find out more about Ben’s Kitchen, the Sunday Dinner Straight to Your Door initiative and the work they’ve been doing to support the NHS visit: www.benskitchenleicester.com