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Soup kitchen facing uncertainty as Sally Army base condemned

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

18/06/14 Soup kitchen story - Salvation Army, Mosley Street Soup Kitchen at the Salvation Army Church on Mosley St in Burton.John Walker with the Mayor and Mayoress of ESBC Cllr Ron and Margaret Clarke

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A SOUP kitchen which provides meals for homeless people in Burton is appealing for help, after the premises it has been using were condemned.

Burton Soup Kitchen has been providing the service for eight years, with most spent at the Salvation Army headquarters on Moseley Street.

But last week it was revealed the building could no longer be used after the autumn, because of structural issues, leaving both the Salvation Army and the soup kitchen in desperate need of new premises.

Mick Cramp, chairman of the soup kitchen, said: “It was a shock to hear about the building being condemned.

“It’s the uncertainty that’s the problem. We just don’t know which way to jump. We have a big issue and we don’t know how to solve it yet.”

The people who run the soup thrice-weekly soup kitchen have said they ideally want to stay with the Salvation Army, who plan to move in the autumn. However, Mr Cramp said he was worried that a new premises would not be suitable, or that it may not be found in enough time, so he has started putting in some enquiries of his own.

“All of the people I have spoken to are of the same mind – we want to continue with the soup kitchen, but we are concerned,” he added.

They are on the hunt for premises which has a kitchen for heating soup, a dining room big enough for 30 people, toilets and, ideally, a shower as well.

East Staffordshire mayor Councillor Ron Clarke, who supports homeless charities in the area, said: “It’s extremely important to keep this going, as people are used to the service now. It’s a necessary stop gap to help people get back on their feet.”

Anybody who may be able to help should contact Mick Cramp on 07773 278758.

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