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Chef cooking hot food for homeless

By Warren Wilkins 3rd October 2018

Chef cooking hot food for homeless
ARM GESTURE: Chef Matthew Perrin-Denny is helping the homeless through the winter months. Picture: Warren Wilkins

A talented Newquay chef has started cooking a weekly warm meal to help the homeless through the cold winter months.

Matthew Perrin-Denny, who recently opened his own restaurant called Reef’s Nqy in East Street, has started cooking for homeless charity DISC Newquay, which will be dishing up the food at its Tuesday gatherings held at St Michael’s Church.

The restaurateur decided to volunteer his expertise as he believes people are only one step away from homelessness and that it is important to show there are people out there that care.
Matthew said: “Every Tuesday from the beginning of October through to March I will be making a big pot of stew or chilli for the homeless every week.

“Rather than me dish the food out at the restaurant I thought DISC Newquay were better placed to distribute it at the church.

“I thought providing a hot meal would bring about a bit of positivity and send out the message that there are people out there who do care and want to help. Going back to last year I gave somebody some money and it turned out this individual had a car and a lot of money, so I stopped doing that but I still wanted to help people who are genuinely homeless.

"I thought a more productive way to help would be to cook a hot meal because I do not know who is in need and who is not in need.

“There are a lot of genuine homeless people out there and some that are not genuine. I’ve had friends that have gone through tough times after being made redundant. It is about helping each other out until they get back on their feet.

“Nothing is certain in this world. We are all one step away from being homeless as any business can close down.”

Matthew has also shown his generosity after stepping in to help a homeless man who had his tent slashed by a heartless vandal at St Michael’s Church. He immediately went to a local store and purchased a new four- man tent for them.

Matthew said: “I saw that a vandal had ripped up a homeless man’s tent with a knife and I felt bad for them. Homeless people struggle enough without this sort of thing happening.

“I’m fortunate to be in a position to be able to help. Although it is only something small it is huge to them as it is their home. It is nice to help.”

By Warren Wilkins 3rd October 2018

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