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Renaissance Retirement helps community cafe provide up to 500 meals a week

02 June 2020


Renaissance Retirement, part of Lifestory, has donated £1000 to the Café @Allendale in Wimborne to help the community facility provide as many as 500 much needed free meals every week. The Café, taken over in January by Wimborne Folk Festival organisers, was set to become a community facility to compliment the Festival. However, following lockdown and the temporary closure of the community fridge at the Allendale Centre, the directors of the café started a free food facility in this hour of need.

The generous donation helps to ensure that the Café can continue to support those vulnerable members of the community who are unable to get out to provide for themselves and anyone suffering undue financial difficulties in Wimborne in the current climate.

The donation builds on Renaissance Retirement’s earlier support of The Community Fridge project, which saw the retirement living developer donate a glass fronted fridge to get the Wimborne Foodbank initiative started.

On behalf of the Directors of the Café, Paul Gunovsky commented: “We are very grateful to Renaissance Retirement for their generous donation. We cannot thank all our sponsors, suppliers and volunteers enough, as without them none of this would be possible. It has been a fantastic community effort to get the facility up and running. Our volunteers are able to deliver almost 500 prepared meals along with other food provisions each week, whilst people can also come into the café between 11am and 2pm daily, to select produce. We are also working with the Wimborne Food Bank and providing food to the town council's volunteers, who deliver to the wider community.”

Marc Evans, Managing Director at Lifestory South & South West commented, “We are delighted to be supporting the amazing work of the Café @Allendale and through them to help those in the community in Wimborne who need assistance during such difficult times. Being a part of a community is important to the Renaissance Retirement ethos so we were pleased to be able to start our relationship by supporting the community fridge. When the current crisis unfolded, we were happy to be able to extend this initial support to help ensure that the Café @ Allendale could provide the vital service it is providing. We feel very privileged to be able to give back to the local area during what for so many is an especially challenging period.”

Regular updates about the Café @ Allendale’s services and menu can be found on Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Facebook page.

Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis development is located a short walk from Wimborne’s town centre and offers a selection of one and two-bedroom homes, some with views over the River Allen. The developer is continuing to welcome telephone and email enquiries about the homes, where prices start from £270,000, on 01202 618 052 or [email protected].