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Opus adopts Sifa Fireside as its nominated charity

OPUS at Cornwall Street Team – (L-R) Pawel Skrzypinski, Ann Tonks, Irene Allan and Ben Ternent

Opus Restaurant in Birmingham has linked up with the homelessness charity and drop-in centre Sifa Fireside to provide and cook meals for the the service users.

Executive chef Ben Ternent and his team will be going to the Digbeth-based headquarters every month to prepare and cook a hearty, hot meal for up to 150 people.

“I learned about the fantastic work that the charity does to help homeless and vulnerable people in the city and after spending an hour there with them back in November, I knew that this was something we wanted to contribute to and help out with,” he said.

Opus, one of the top fine-dining restaurants in Birmingham, is supplying lunch with the support and donations from suppliers, including Worcester Produce, which has offered vegetables, and wholesale butcher Aubrey Allen and M&J Seafood.

The team has so far cooked beef and mushroom stroganoff and fish pie and it also plans to cook a roast dinner with all the trimmings.

“It’s humbling to see the excellent work that the volunteers do, five days a week, for the people who drop into the centre,” added Ben. “As a city centre business and members of the community, we feel it’s our duty to do something to help people less fortunate than ourselves. We’ve all seen the number of rough sleepers rise and we wanted to do our bit to help.”

Sifa Fireside runs a drop-in service, Monday-Friday, and every month provides an average of 3,404 meals every month. The centre has shower facilities and fresh clothes for service users and offers support services, including health, legal and welfare  advice.