Last year, leading sustainability and environmental charity, Groundwork in Greater Manchester, launched H.M.Pasties; an initiative that employs ex-offenders to make and sell handmade Cornish-style pasties.
Through their recent Crowdfunding campaign HMPasties raised £10,000 to expand its operation, enabling them to purchase a bespoke mobile catering truck.
Of the £10,000 raised £5,000 was generated through generous pledges from members of the public and corporate sponsors, including Conlon Construction, The Co-op Group, Mitie Foundation and Salford CVS, with a further £5,000 of matched funding received from the Forward Enterprise Fund.
The very popular reward “Pledge a Pasty for a Person in Need” meant that members of the community could donate to the campaign and at the same time support a person sleeping rough in Manchester. As a result, on Wednesday 24th October from 10am H.M.Pasties new Catering Truck arrived at the Booth Centre in Manchester with 90 pasties and hot drinks to fulfil these generous pledges.
H.M.Pasties founder Lee Wakeham, comments: “It’s amazing to see HMPasties grow; and to see the improved confidence and skills of the people we employ; in less than a year we’ve helped train seven ex-offenders in catering and have been working with the likes of FC United, Levi Market, The Makers Markets and most recently BAM construction; where we’ll be feeding up to 200 workers on their new construction site in Salford.
“We’re thankful to everyone who donated to our Crowdfunding campaign and we’re happy we can support the homeless community with pasties and a hot drink from our new catering truck.”