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Williams fridge steams in to support King’s Lynn mental health café
 Williams fridge steams in to support mental health café in King’s Lynn

Fridge donation will help STEAM House Café’s vital work


Williams Refrigeration has donated a refrigeration cabinet, worth around £3,000, to the Steam House Café in King’s Lynn.  Operated by regional charity Access Community Trust, the high street mental health and wellbeing hub offers holistic support, therapies and activities during the day and urgent assistance and appointments in the evening, including one-to-one counselling.

Georgina Clark is HR manager at Williams.  She became aware of STEAM (Support, Transform, Eat and Educate, Aspire, Motivate) through her support work with staff.  “Mental health has rightly been taken much more seriously in recent years,” she says.  “I had heard about the Steam House Café and went along to see for myself what they offer.  The café provides a brilliant service.  It’s wonderful because as well as offering a walk-in service staffed by mental health support workers, the counselling takes place in a very relaxed, café style environment... which is where our fridge came in!”

Holly Bridges, the crisis café’s service manager at Kings Lynn, explains.  “STEAM’s customer base has grown significantly since we opened our community mental health café,” she says.  “It has become a beacon of hope for the growing number of local people who are facing wellbeing challenges.

“This welcome donation from Williams Refrigeration not only allows us to provide a greater range of food and drinks for those visiting us, it also shows that, as a local business, the company recognises the importance of the vital service the STEAM team provides.”

Apart from needing a bigger fridge, another problem the café had was a lack of space.  “They needed more chilled storage, but they didn’t have a whole lot of room,” says Georgina.  “Our team found the answer for them in the Jade J500U – it fits their bill perfectly!  What’s more, our transport partner, GE-BE, agreed to deliver and install the fridge to the café for free, so big thanks to them as well!”

The Williams J500U is 1940mm tall, has a footprint of 727mm by 837mm and a big capacity of 523 litres.  The model also has the refrigeration unit fitted under the cabinet rather than on top.  This is great for kitchens with low ceilings, since top-mounted systems can overheat if there’s not enough room for them to ventilate.  With an under-mounted system, there’s plenty of room for the air to circulate and the fridge to keep its cool. 

The main picture accompanying this press release shows, from left to right: Stephanie Gaughran (Crisis Café Host), Tom Middleton (Commercial & Customer Service Manager, Williams), Holly Bridges (Crisis Café service manager), Jonathan Lewis (Performance Improvement Manager, GE-BE Transport) and Georgina Clark (HR Manager, Williams).  The second one shows Stephanie and Holly in the café. 

The Steam House Café is a free to access mental health and wellbeing service that provides non-judgemental support at 102 High Street, King’s Lynn, daily from 11am. For more information visit, call 01553 401831 or pop in. 

Williams Refrigeration is based in King’s Lynn and offers a comprehensive range of commercial refrigeration including gastronorm cabinets and counters, specialist bakery equipment, coldrooms, multidecks and blast chillers.  To learn more about Williams’ extensive product range visit



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Williams Refrigeration is a division of AFE Group Ltd. It is an ISO9001-2008 Quality Management accredited company and has been awarded ISO14001, the internationally recognised industry standard for Environmental Management Systems.  Most recently Williams has demonstrated its commitment to staff welfare by achieving Occupational Health and Safety Standard (OHSAS) certification 18001:2007.

Williams designs, manufactures and installs a highly diverse product range, supplying hotels, hospitals, schools, restaurants, bars and kitchens around the world. With a wide selection of gastronorm cabinets and counters, prep stations, blast chillers/freezers, bottle coolers, bakery and modular coldrooms the company provides products that suit almost any application a “one-stop” refrigeration purchasing solution.

The company has also developed a specialist range of medical and pharmaceutical refrigeration, including bespoke coldrooms and the Medi+ range of cabinets. 

Williams’ commitment to customers is absolute, offering extensive specialist advice and support from installation through to after-sales, service and maintenance.