CELEBRITY CHEF BACKS CHARITY APPEAL
Top chef gives his backing to Scannappeal charity
ACCLAIMED celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has been announced as a patron of Scannappeal.
To launch his involvement with the appeal Tom, who runs the two Michelin star Hand and Flowers, in Marlow, recently delighted 34 guests at a private dinner hosted by Scannappeal chairman William Baxter CBE, at Stoke Park, in Stoke Poges to a taste of the classic Hand and Flowers menu.
The evening raised more than £22,000 which will help Scannappeal to fund cutting edge equipment to ensure Buckinghamshire hospitals provide the best possible care to their patients.
This is the first time that Tom Kerridge has taken on a formal position with a charity but when asked why he has become a patron, he said: “Scannappeal is a great charity doing so much in our community.
“They really are making a big difference to the diagnosis, treatment and care our local hospitals can deliver and I am delighted to be able to help.”
He went on to say: “Tonight was a fantastic evening and it was a privilege for me and my team to cook for such grateful guests and support Scannappeal on this very special evening”.
Explaining the importance of the evening, the charity’s chairman William Baxter CBE, said: “Tonight was a truly wonderful evening and with thanks to Tom Kerridge we have been able to raise a significant amount of money to benefit the lives of so many people across Buckinghamshire. Our work is totally reliant upon the generosity of our supporters and events such as this are critical in our ability to deliver our various appeals.
“We’re thrilled to have Tom Kerridge join us as a patron and we’re looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership with him”.
One of the new projects that will benefit from this event is phase six of the Cancer Fighting Fund to buy a specialist 3D theatre stack for Wycombe to treat prostate, kidney and bladder cancers.
Tom Kerridge, has lived in Buckinghamshire for over 10 years since opening his gastro pub, and joins principal patron Robert Lindsay and patrons Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe and Sir Stuart Burgess. Cilla Black was the charity’s principal patron until her death on August 1, last year.
Chef patron: Tom Kerridge