Yorkshire chef, who has cooked for the Queen, has opened a ‘warm bank’ of rooms above his bakery for locals as we head into fuel poverty this winter.
As the cap on energy bills is set to soar to over £3k one Yorkshire baker is doing his bit to help anyone who needs it in his local area.
Find out how he has decided to help the community with the generous offering of his space in his ‘warm bank’.
Ed Trewhitt, who was born in Redcar, has made the space available from Saturday at his Brickyard Bakery in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. The decision for the compassionate move comes as he was sickened by a radio report on how families were going to struggle to heat their homes this Christmas.
Trewhitt, who is a multi-award-winning gourmet chef who has created dishes at five-star hotels including The Ritz in London, has made the gesture as the cost-of-living crisis threatens to close his business also.
He announced his ‘warm bank’ on the 1st of September via the bakery’s Facebook page writing: “COME AND KEEP WARM – FREE – STARTING 15TH SEPTEMBER ONWARDS. EVERY WEEKDAY 10.00AM – 5.00PM EVERYONE WELCOME.
The ever increasing cost of living heading into winter is weighing heavily on most of our minds, so we have come up with the following.
“Our bakery ovens produce a tremendous amount of heat, and they are on alot! The academy above the bakery has a lounge area which gets all this lovely warmth.
“From September 15th every week day from 10.00am – 5.00pm anyone can go and sit in the warm lounge for a few hours, make a cuppa, read a book, newspaper, sit in comfort, totally free. You don’t have to buy anything, just come and keep warm on us.”
The post has had over 7.5k likes on Facebook and has been shared over 16k times, showing how much it has touched the people of England.
Speaking to the Metro.co.uk he said: “The “warm bank” above the bakery has just been announced on Facebook and it has already generated a huge amount of interest.
“There’s so many people in the town worried about the impact of energy prices. One thing we have as a bakery is heat from the bread oven going all the time.
“It goes up through the floorboards and heats the rooms upstairs. We already use the upstairs as a cookery school as we have always tried to help the community.
“Now we’ve put in chairs and board games and newspapers and books up there and it’s free to use.
“The team really pulled together to get it ready after I had the idea on Saturday after listening to a report on how people were going to be hit by the cost of living crisis.
“We just want to get word out to as many people as possible – and the right people – that they can come and use it to stay warm when they need to.’