Top chef gives his back­ing to Scan­nap­peal char­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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

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