Clink lunch raises £2,000 for Transform

4 October 2011

A fundraising lunch held by Transform Housing & Support at The Clink restaurant in HM Prison High Down has raised £2,000.

82 guests attended the ‘Inside Out’ lunch on Tuesday 4 October, including our Patron Penelope Keith, the Surrey High Sheriff, the mayors and chairmen of six Surrey districts and boroughs, the Chairman, Chief Executive and executive team of Surrey County Council, plus many of our supporters.

The proceeds from the event will be used to provide essential grants to our clients who have a history of offending, helping them build a new life away from crime.

Guests heard speeches from the restaurant’s catering manager, chef Al Crisci, and the Governor of HMP High Down, Peter Dawson, who spoke about the importance of Transform’s work in helping to rehabilitate prisoners effectively. Viccy Johnson, Area Manager at Transform, explained how Transform helps people with an offending history and the challenges faced by these clients.

The Clink is the first and only commercial restaurant inside a working UK prison and was recently the subject of a BBC2 documentary. Food is cooked and served to paying customers by prisoners, who work towards qualifications in catering, cleaning and customer service while serving their sentence. To find out more visit The Clink website.

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