The UK subsidiary of German warewashing giant Meiko Maschinenbau](http://www.meiko-uk.co.uk)
When Meiko UK replaced more than 200 ECO530 front-loaders for a major customer who opted to upgrade to the latest reverse osmosis water treatment technology, UK managing director Bill Downie decided to put the second-hand machines to good use in the community.
As well as donating the washers, Meiko also pledged to install and maintain them for the first year.
It was supported in its efforts by distributors such as London-based [Court Catering Equipment](http://www.courtcatering.co.uk/) (which donated an engineer for three days a week to refurbish the machines) and [GS Group ](http://www.gsgroup.co.uk)in Devon, which helped deliver and install the washers.
The first tranche of washers has been snapped up by charities helping the needy, homeless and aged, along with local community organisations and churches. Beneficiaries included Torquay-based Shekinah (pictured above), which helps the homeless, substance abusers and the socially excluded.
Another 27 charities are on a secondary list to receive machines in the coming weeks.
By Angela Frewin
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