Stamford youths run pop-up restaurant to help Nepal earthquake victims

This weekend a team of 20 young people from Stamford will be chopping and cooking to feed the multitude visiting their pop-up café – and 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 which killed nearly 9,000 people, including 2,500 children, injured around 23,000 and destroyed or damaged more than a million homes.

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 (TLMEW) has been raising funds.

Rachael McIntyre, director of children and youth ministry 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 café 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.”

On 8, 9, and 10 April around 20 young people from Stamford Youth Ministry will turn St George’s Place, in 28a St Mary’s Street, into the Thirds Café. 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, at 52 Scotgate and 8848, in Broad Street, are lending a big helping hand as is The New Covent Garden Soup Company. The youth will also be serving the meals and washing up afterwards.

Diners can bring their own wine or beer.

There is no set charge for the meals and all funds raised will go towards TLMEW’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.”

The meals will include soup, curries, rice, dhal and mango ice cream.

Bookings can be made via the church office by telephoning 01780 481800 or on the church's website.

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