On Sunday 26th April 2015, I ran the marathon to raise money for the charity Learning for Life, of which I am a patron of. I ran it in 3.31hours, and was overwhelmed by the support of so many people, and was pleased to have hit my target of £2,000 before race day!
In my next column for Caterer magazine I talk about giving back and charity, and so here I am, putting money where my mouth is.
Right from the beginning we wanted part of the ethos of Chefs of Tomorrow to be about giving back. Therefore for Series One of Chefs of Tomorrow, we decided 15% of all ticket sales would go to Learning for Life.
My uncle is a trustee for Learning for Life, that’s how I got introduced to their work. In 2013 I went to Bangladesh and cooked for some parliament members to help raise awareness.
Whilst in Bangladesh I visited one of the islands where they use a converted boat to educate children and supply medical assistance. During the monsoon season (June to October) these villages are cut of from mainland services and therefore these boats are integral to these communities. These floating schools proved education to 500 children and the health services provide ante and post natal care throughout the day.
The boat is amazing, they act like the village square; its a focal point and a place to gather. It’s their school, town hall and doctors surgery. The boat, plus a year’s salary costs 40k - a figure that I think I can raise over a few years. So thanks to everyone who has helped towards getting there with me.