The AAIS Management Committee met on 26 Jan 2021 for a very special reason. Togged in the appropriate PPE, committee members set about the sometimes backbreaking work of washing industrial-scale rice cookers, and greasy pots and pans. But this was all cheerfully done in the service of those who benefit from the “soup kitchen” run by Willing Hearts*.

Some candid reactions – “great experience and good team spirit”, “awesome time spent!”, “great spirit”, “well done to all”, “we are privileged in our lives and happy to contribute to those less fortunate”.

Personal favourites were – “didn’t know I’m actually quite good at dishwashing” and “sorry I couldn’t be there”.

*A secular, non-affiliated charity, Willing Hearts is wholly run by volunteers, apart from a handful of staff. It operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 9,500 daily meals to over 40 locations every day. Find out more.