Meghan Markle phoned the Hubb Community Kitchen Ladies to congratulate them on their incredible work
On Wednesday 27th October 2021, the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre hosted an event celebrating the women of the Hubb Community kitchen and all the work they have done over the past few years.
According to the Al-Manaar website, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Gerard Hargreaves was in attendance and made a speech expressing his appreciation for all that the Hubb Ladies have accomplished. He also awarded certificates to the ladies of the Hubb Community Kitchen. A number of other speakers were also invited to the event. Lunch was catered by the Hubb ladies themselves.
Halfway through the event, the Hubb ladies were surprised with a call from Meghan Markle. Per an article in the UK's Evening Standard newspaper Meghan praised the “incredible” achievements of the women who created the Hubb community kitchen in west London following the Grenfell fire disaster. The Al-Manaar centre in north Kensington is not far from the tower.
In her call, Meghan spoke of her pride in helping the ladies to create the kitchen. Meghan is quoted as saying: “If you go back to where it all began you just didn’t have a place to cook and people forget that’s what it came down to, needing the resources to do what you do so well. But also to do it together and how...the cookbook ended up having the impact we wanted because it raised enough to get you all the help in the kitchen you needed.”
|Photo from Evening Standard newspaper|
Meghan visited regularly with the Hubb ladies when she lived in the UK and she wrote the foreword for the Hubb’s Together cookbook which was published to raise funds for a renovation of the kitchen that provided meals for bereaved and homeless local people after the June 2017 Grenfell fire tragedy, which claimed 72 lives.
In her phone call, Meghan went on to praise the ladies for the care that they have given to the people in their local community and beyond, with Meghan pointing out that the Hubb ladies have helped tens of thousands of people including frontline workers and families during Covid, children and after school groups, and women in hospital and new mums.
One of the Hubb volunteers, Chérine Mallah, told the Standard: “It was lovely to have our work celebrated by Meghan. We were really happy to hear from the duchess. It was just incredible. It really encourages us to continue in what we have been doing and makes us feel quite proud of the work we have done and the projects we have been running.