UPDATE 31 January 2022: Further Donation
Following the successful donation and installation of BioClad to Gratitude Distribution Hub, we have recently provided another donation to this worthy charity. To help with the renovation of the on site kitchen, Goss Coatings have donated more materials: Trovex White hygienic cladding. The addition of this cladding will provide a much improved environment for the team that run services at the charity, making kitchen cleaning and hygiene that much easier to maintain.
Our September 2021 Project
In September 2021, Goss Coatings were approached by a local charity “Gratitude”. The charity were in the process of converting a garage that forms part of Gratitude’s Hub building in Borehamwood. The aim was to convert the garage into a hygienic fit for purpose food standard distribution hub in time for pre-Christmas donations.
Who do Gratitude help?
Gratitude is a local charity that supply free groceries, children’s clothes, baby pushchairs and other emergency supplies to the needy of all nationalities and walks of life. All the donations they receive are put-to-use with nothing wasted. Further, any leftover or expired food is given to the local farmer for animal feed in exchange for freshly grown produce.
The building was to be upgraded to be able to serve, receive and despatch donated bulk produce including: groceries, meat, fish, chilled dairy, fruit/veg and to house a walk-in chiller and fridges etc.
For Gratitude to be able to undertake this type of work, the garage needed to be turned into a hygienic and food standard environment.
Typically, early Autumn is a busy time for Goss, but despite our busy schedule, we worked hard and found a way to help the charity out.
BioClad Hygienic Wall Cladding – fit for food
To help Gratitude develop their new facility, we were able to donate and install BioClad hygienic cladding to the walls of the refitted food storage and loading bay area. BioClad offers a selection of hygienic cladding and wall protection systems. BioClad wall cladding can be installed in almost any environment to form a smooth, cleanable, hygienic surface. We felt this would deliver the ideal solution for Gratitude. One of our trained, certified installers fitted the BioClad hygienic cladding to fit into the Gratitude refurbishment schedule.
Sikafloor® and Sikagard Hygienic Coatings – complete the hygienic space
In addition to the hygienic cladding and to provide a fully hygienic workspace, we also donated Sikafloor® epoxy floor coatings to complete hygienic finish. Sika® floor coatings is often used in workspaces where health and safety are vital. We were also able to provide the client with some FOC Sikagard hygienic wall coatings to finish the upper wall areas and ceiling surfaces which were not cladded.
As the Sikagard® hygienic coatings range meet all relevant health and safety standards and regulations in food production facilities, we felt this provided the highest standards of hygiene for Gratitude’s new facility.
Under normal conditions, the commercial value of works, hygienic materials and miscellaneous materials, would be circa £5,000. It was our pleasure to donate the full cost of the works to help support the good cause that Gratitude charity provide.
The opening of this new facility took place in November, including a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, to which we were delighted to be able to attend. There were also many other local businesses (who helped make this project happen) as well as a local politician who attended the opening.
The whole Goss Coatings team are very proud to have been a part of such an amazing transformation of a garage to fully functioning and hygienic food supply facility.
We are sure, in these challenging times, the Gratitude services must be invaluable.
To find out more about what Gratitude do, visit www.gratitude.charity.