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A Force For Good: A year of helping our local communities

What The Fork pride ourselves in supporting local business, it’s the reason our business model exists and the thing we are most proud of. However this is more than just helping local restaurant and takeaway owners, we strive to make a difference to those in need of our help, whatever that may be.

We’re also extremely proud that many of our customers hold the same values as us and so as we reflect on what’s been another crazy year, we want to recognise some of the amazing efforts made by our customers alongside the charities that What The Fork are involved in. 

What The Fork Charity Fundraiser 

local community fundraiser

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year for many people, however due to the severity of the homelessness crisis within Edinburgh (and throughout the UK) the reality is that thousands of people will spend it sleeping rough. 

Steps To Hope are a non-profit charity who amongst various other activities organise soup kitchens each week, providing homeless people with warm shelter and a 3 course meal. Each meal served costs just £2 therefore we’re on a mission to buy as many meals as we can to make a real difference to those in need at this time of the year. 

Our brilliant customers Bonnie Burrito, Harajuku Kitchen and MC’s Takeaway have agreed that together we will donate the value of a meal to Steps To Hope with every order made through their apps or on What The Fork from the 8th until the 22nd of December. We can’t wait to see how much we can raise for an amazing cause.

Bonnie Bites Christmas Appeal 

It’s not just What The Fork who are helping local communities this Christmas as Bonnie Bites get on board with the season of giving with their annual Christmas Appeal for Chris’ House. Last year Bonnie Bites managed to cook a Christmas dinner for 40 people in their local area, Danderhall. This year they are taking it one step further and raising funds to buy a Christmas gift for each house they deliver to, plus you can catch Santa outside the venue every Saturday handing out free selection boxes to kids. Incredible work!

local community appeal

The Radhuni and Itihaas Give Back 

If we’re talking about customers doing good in the community it’s only right that The Radhuni and Itihaas owners are mentioned. From donating thousands of meals to NHS workers at the start of the year to raising money for Children’s 1st charity, owners Mati and Habibur have made a real impact in their local community. The Radhuni have been recognised by the Scottish Government, local press and received several awards to commend their efforts including Scotlands Best Family Business.

The Cookie Jar Foundation

Another incredibly important charity to What The Fork is The Cookie Jar Foundation, founded by the owners of What The Fork, also known as the Coutts family. The work that The Cookie Jar carries out represents Christopher “Cookie” Coutts who sadly passed away at the age of 19 after a valiant fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.

The Cookie Jar do lots of different work to support children and those in need but one of the most notable things they have done is raise money for vein finders to be placed in hospitals. These little devices cost over £4,000 each, but make a huge difference when it comes to IV procedures.  A vein finder shows the haemoglobin in the blood which is picked up by an infrared light, and shows the patient’s veins clearly to the medic carrying out the IV procedure. 

Christopher suffered badly with a phobia of needles which had a huge impact when he began to suffer from ‘wooded veins’ due to his chemotherapy treatment. It was his wish to provide this device into hospital wards so no other patient had to endure the pain or anxiety of IV procedures.

What A Year! 

We’d like to thank all of these customers for going that extra mile this year, especially when times were tough this year. Charities were one of the most impacted sectors throughout the pandemic and so knowing that we all still managed to make a difference to some peoples lives means a lot to us. We can’t wait to do even more next year! 

Interested in joining What The Fork? Email [email protected] or apply here 

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