21st February 2020 — A group of dedicated Shiplake staff cooked and served breakfast to the homeless at the Churches in Reading Drop In Centre (CIRDIC) as part of the College’s charitable link with the centre.
Shiplake’s caterers, Thomas Franks, kindly provided eggs, bacon, sausages and beans so that the team of six staff could knock up a hearty breakfast for around 40 visitors to the drop-in centre. In total, Shiplake will be providing breakfast support to the centre over five Sundays during the year.
CIRDIC was established in 1990 because a group of local Christians wanted to respond to the needs of the homeless and clearly disadvantaged people in Reading. Originally the aim was to provide a welcoming place in which to offer food and clothing. Now, in response to growing needs, the Centre offers a wide range of support services to its guests.
Rev. Chris Briggs, chairman of Shiplake’s Charity Committee, said: “CIRDIC is one of Shiplake’s chosen charities, and it is very heartwarming to have so many staff want to help over the five Sundays. As well as the Sunday breakfasts, we have supported CIRDIC through the donation of Harvest Gifts last October, and will be presenting them with the collection money from our 2019 Carol Service at St Mary’s, Henley.”
A huge thank you to the following staff for giving up their time and helping this worthwhile charity on Sunday: Rev. Chris Briggs, Mr Richard Curtis, Mrs Hanna Edimoh, Mr Mark Griffiths, Mr Alex Hunt, Mr Andy Dix