Sintons chooses The People’s Kitchen as new firm charity

An organisation which has supported homeless and vulnerable people in Newcastle for over three decades has been named by Sintons as its new firm charity.

The People’s Kitchen was established in 1985 when its founder, Alison Kay, heard about the death of a homeless man in the city.

Since then, the charity has grown to support countless people from its base in Newcastle city centre – aptly named the Alison Centre – by offering food, vital supplies, conversation and friendship.

Now, The People’s Kitchen will be Sintons’ staff charity for the next two years, and will be the focus of the firm’s fundraising efforts during that period.

Its support for vulnerable people in Newcastle has never been more needed, with poverty and homelessness continuing to rise.

As part of the charity’s work – all of which is done by volunteers – 250 meals are given out each day, 365 days a year, and packages of clothing, toiletries, food, mobile phones and sleeping bags are given to those in need. Its friendship outreach also plays a vital role in supporting people in their mental wellbeing.

Sintons – whose head office, The Cube on Barrack Road, is a near neighbour of The People’s Kitchen on Bath Lane – is a longstanding supporter of the charity, with its staff volunteering regularly over the years.

As part of its charitable giving to mark the law firm’s 125th anniversary, Sintons also donated the cost of 125 Christmas dinners to the charity, to help it meet the soaring demand it saw during the festive season.

Through events and generosity of staff and supporters, Sintons has raised tens of thousands of pounds for regional good causes over the years. Most recently, Children’s Cancer North was its staff charity, which is supported during the pandemic period and helped to generate vital income during that particularly difficult time.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, said: “For 37 years, The People’s Kitchen has supported some of the most vulnerable people in our city, and have been a lifeline to countless individuals in need over the decades.

“Sadly, the current climate is such that more people than ever before are needing the support of The People’s Kitchen, and we are absolutely delighted to be able to fundraise on their behalf to generate vital funds for them to be able to meet this demand.

“The People’s Kitchen is a charity we have come to know well over the years, with the selfless work of their volunteers being an example to us all. We have lent our support through volunteering and donations previously, but it is fantastic that we can now make the charity the focus of our fundraising as a firm.

“We look forward to getting started on this new partnership and to supporting The People’s Kitchen for the next two years.”

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