HMP New Hall turns grease into charity gold


HMP & YOI New Hall has been supporting charity The Sick Children’s Trust in an unconventional fashion, by turning used cooking oil from their kitchens into a cash donation for the charity.

Eco-firm Living Fuels, who collect the oil from the prison has made a cash donation to the The Sick Children’s Trust, based on the amount of oil collected at HMP & YOI New Hall throughout the past year. Once collected, the company recover the oil through a process of natural settling and filtration. The resultant bioliquid is then used in renewable power facilities to provide clean, green electricity to the National Grid.

Just one litre of used cooking oil can create enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea, power a vacuum for 3 hours or a laptop for 160 hours.

Governor Pete Smith the Media Liaison Officer at New Hall said of the scheme: “This scheme gives us the opportunity to turn a waste product which we would have to pay to have removed into a good quality renewable fuel, with the added benefit of a cash donation to a very worthy charity. We are proud to be involved with this innovative project.”

Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels continued: “We’re delighted to be working with New Hall to help benefit both The Sick Children’s Trust and the environment. By choosing to dispose of their waste oil into carbon neutral electricity, the prisons are helping to reduce the UK’s dependence on fossil fuel derived energy and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

All money donated to the charity will be going to charity’s ‘Branching Out’ Appeal. The appeal aims to raise £980,000 for Sheffield Hospital to provide a ‘Home from Home’ for the families of children receiving critical care and neonatal surgery. Samantha Silverwood, Regional Fundraiser, Yorkshire added: “We are delighted with the support from HMP & YOI New Hall especially in such an innovative way! We are in the last few months of the appeal now before our new house opens in late summer so all the support we can get to make this dream a reality is gratefully received. No matter how large or small a donation it all helps us continue our vital work in supporting families of sick children in need.”

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