Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, has nominated Crumbs, a charity supporting individuals to equip them with life skills in hospitality, to receive £1,000 donated by the trade body bacta, which represents seaside arcades, piers and related attractions.
He says, “Crumbs is a fantastic local charity that provides a specialist training and support platform for local vulnerable adults – providing vital structure and support in their lives. Because of the pandemic, the demand for their catering services has plummeted, and the charity has been forced to cut itself off from its community – many of whom are forced to shield during the pandemic. I’m delighted that Bacta has chosen to make a donation to it that will help sustain it through this pandemic and beyond, ready to play a role in supporting the community at a time when it is needed more than ever. My thanks go to bacta’s members for their generosity, and to the team at Crumbs for the vital work that they do.”
Professor Peter Jones from Crumbs says, “Crumbs is delighted to receive this donation from Bacta, and grateful to have been put forward as a worthwhile charity by our constituency MP Conor Burns. Crumbs is a long-standing charity that provides hospitality training to adults with a range of learning and mental health difficulties. In the Post-Covid environment are moving into, this funding will help to provide essential additional equipment be able to reintroduce our trainees to the training that prepares them to both live independently and seek a long term fulfilled life.”
Bacta launched its Siding With the Seaside (#sidingwiththeseaside) campaign last year in order to support the seaside communities served by their members and to highlight the lack of government investment that threatens the precious heritage in many seaside towns.
Bacta CEO John White says, “The situation was already serious for many seaside towns whose communities have suffered through lack of employment and local investment. However, when we went into lockdown just before the Easter holidays, the position became far more serious as local businesses were forced to shut and the seasonal trade, which is so vital, was lost. Our members made a total of £23,000 available to give to seaside charities via the MPs who we have got to know through our seaside campaigning work and who are best placed to know who would benefit most.”
Bacta represents the owners and operators of seaside amusement arcades, over-18 amusement centres, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues. It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of amusement equipment. This can range from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, pool tables and gaming machines