Two of Edinburgh’s top chefs have added their support to a campaign to keep Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP) open.
Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin have helped to launch a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise at least £50,000 to help keep the project, which has been threatened with closure, to keep going and continue supporting some of North Edinburgh’s most vulnerable residents.
PCHP, which is Scotland’s oldest community health project, was told by the new Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board for health and social care funding in
in late December 2019 that funding was being withdrawn.
In the 35 years since its inception, PCHP has transformed thousands of lives.
The project provides a range of services, which include mental health counselling, tackling food insecurity, cooking groups and community meals, tackling social isolation and loneliness, a community crèche for local affordable childcare, and support for victims of domestic abuse.
By raising £50,000 the campaign will allow PCHP to continue to deliver a reduced level of its life changing services for 12 months until longer-term funding is secured again.
Both Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart have offered a range of incentives and rewards to boost the project’s 28-day #SavePCHP crowdfunding campaign, including Dinner for two Tasting menus and matching wines at their Michelin-starred Leith restaurants – The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart – for the first donors to pledge £1,000 or more.
Launching the crowdfunding campaign for PCHP, the pair said: “We are delighted to add our support to this campaign. Leith and North Edinburgh have played a big part in our story so it’s great to be involved in saving the lifelines so many local people rely on.
“We are passionate about food, and about food education and food security, and PCHP plays a really important role in ensuring everyone can access and cook healthy, nutritious meals. It’s vital that these and other services continue.”
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