Ben Houchen and Jonathan Dulston help launch Age UK initiative

The cafe at Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West in Darlington is open to the public, including for business events, from 8.00am to 10.00am weekdays. It embodies the idea of ‘paying it forward’, meaning that anyone buying a refreshment can also buy a second one for an older person coming into the centre later that same day. 

The café, which is run by a team of full-time staff and award-winning kitchen volunteers,  has recently won a catering contract with HM Treasury at Feethams.

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At the event alongside council leader Jonathan Dulston, Ben Houchen praised the work of Age UK and spoke about the vital importance of Corporate Social Responsibility for both local businesses and the charity:

“Age UK is a cause close to my heart and one that my wife and I have supported for a long time. The link between businesses and charity is vital, and where we can help pair them, we will. With so much new investment coming to Teesside, Darlington, and Hartlepool, it’s critical that we all think about how we can give something back to the community in which we live.

“On this note, it was great to hear that the Treasury has decided to use the Age UK Cafe for their catering needs. This is a fantastic contribution to the community and just another reason why bringing the Government to Darlington has been a positive step.”

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Helen Hunter, CEO of Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington, said: “Not only does the café have a brilliant selection of savouries, cakes, and refreshments, but it is also open to businesses looking for a fully catered venue for meetings and events.

“Our Meals at Home service provides two-course hot meals made from scratch, delivered to the door by a volunteer so it’s a brilliant example of having the opportunity to check on peoples’ welfare.

“Last year, we brought £2.3 million back into the economy through the support we gave to older people accessing benefits. We don’t get any funding for that, and we have a small team which does a fantastic job, giving information and advice.”

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