How a Hanham café is helping refugees

sophie 122A Hanham café is holding a special ‘Freegan supper’ on Saturday night to help pay for the cost of taking supplies from the local community over to refugees in Calais.

People are invited to come along to Fanny’s in High Street and pay £20 a head for a meal for which all the food will have been donated.

Some of the donated produce

Some of the donated produce

The money raised from the supper will pay for the transport costs of getting a Transit van load of donated items – including warm weather clothing, blankets and sleeping bags – over to Calais.

Café owner Jayne Hathway came up with the idea of doing something to help the migrants living in the camp in Calais. She said she wanted to do something “simple, practical and direct”.

She said that the café’s fruit and veg supplier Tooty Fruity and Bristol Fruit Market had donated fresh produce for the Freegan supper.

Hanham bakery Anstee’s has also promised some bread, and the butcher and cash and carry that the café use have also pledged food, as has the local Co-op. Café staff will also be working for nothing on Saturday night.

Jayne said:  “We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity – many suppliers and friends have promised food donations for our Freegan supper on Saturday and our little office is filling up with blankets, shoes and warm clothing.

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“Please come along and support us – you’ll have a cracking time and be doing something positive to support people in desperate need.”

To book a table or to donate items contact Fanny’s on 0117 3360372.