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Prison’s Chips Help Kids


Prisons across the South Central region have been supporting local charity Helen & Douglas House, by turning waste oil from their kitchens into liquid gold.

For each litre of cooking oil collected from the prisons in the region throughout 2012 a donation was made to the charity by eco-firm Living Fuels, who collect the waste oil and naturally recover it into a clean, green bioliquid. This bioliquid is then used in the company’s renewable energy facilities to produce clean, green electricity for UK homes and businesses.

In 2012 the South Central region’s prisons collected so much used cooking oil it created enough carbon neutral power to brew around half a million cups of tea.

Instructional Officer Cathy Bryant of HMP Huntercombe said of the scheme: “We are very pleased to be able to donate the money raised from our cooking oil collection to a worthwhile cause. This was all made possible by the partnership formed between Huntercombe recycling unit and Living Fuels, to give something back to the community.”

Helen & Douglas House runs two hospice houses for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions aged from birth to 35. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Vanessa Fay, Corporate Fundraising Manager said; “We are very grateful to Living Fuels and to HMP Huntercombe for choosing Helen & Douglas House to receive this donation. £100 will pay for several music therapy sessions and these make a huge difference to a child with communication difficulties.”

Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels continued: “We’re delighted to be working with prisons in the South Central region to help benefit both Helen & Douglas House and the environment. By choosing to dispose of their waste oil this way, the prisons are helping to reduce the need for fossil fuel derived energy and therefore reduce carbon emissions.”

To find out more about Helen & Douglas House please visit

Picture shows l-r: Cathy Bryant of HMP Huntercombe, Mandy Hamilton of Helen & Douglas House and Penny Reeve of Living Fuels