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The Chester Bluecoat Charity was delighted to donate £5,000 to Lache Larder, which meant their crowdfunding project was completed!

Lache Larder is a resident run social supermarket that collects surplus, perfectly edible in-date food from local supermarkets and sells it on at minimal cost to local residents, all from a purpose built shop in the centre of the neighbourhood. Not only does this mean food is diverted from landfill, it also means food becomes considerably more affordable, particularly important in the cost of living crisis.

Open three afternoons a week, the supermarket sells a bundle of various food items for £4 which would cost in excess of £25 at a high street supermarket. Anyone is welcome to purchase food from Lache Larder, regardless of income. Run entirely by a friendly team of volunteers, any leftovers that are past their best are donated to animal, bird and donkey sanctuaries, meaning no food waste.

The £21,000 crowded funded by Lache Larder on Spacehive will enable them to:

  • Collect extra surplus food meaning more residents can access affordable food
  • Install solar panels to become more sustainable and reduce their bills
  • Set up a warm, safe space open to all

The Chester Bluecoat Charity focuses on bringing about lasting change to prevent people from being disadvantaged in poverty or isolated from society. As the Lache Larder appeal was one that aligns with its’ charitable objectives, The Chester Bluecoat Charity was pleased to be able to pledge £5,000 to the appeal.

Lache Larder, on the roundabout between Cliveden Road and Poplar Road in Lache, began a few years ago from one room in a community centre. It has gone from strength to strength, and the next plan is to open a café and to crowdfund for a hybrid van which can be run off the new solar panels, reducing costs and improving their sustainability.