Chef To Cook Up Cash for The Chiltern Centre

Local chef, Simon McKenzie is partnering with The Chiltern Centre this year on a series of fundraising activities and events.

The partnership was launched last night with the youth social group, Buddies who meet at the centre when they made pizzas with the help of Simon in the garden at the Centre, in Chiltern’s End Close.

The young people, all with a range of different disabilities were helped to roll out the pizza dough, spread the tomato base and then choose a selection of different toppings including vegetables, pepperoni, chicken, olives etc.

Simon said, “It is a local charity and I like what they are doing for the young people.  I supported them through lockdown when they couldn’t hold their normal Ladies Lunch at Phyllis Court by providing picnics for them to have.  For all our orders, we are adding an optional 2% to our invoices and if they agree to pay it we will match that donation as a business.  So far everyone has agreed to pay this apart from some big corporates who already have a charity partner.  We are organising a garden party for patrons, carers and supporters in July.  It’s been great to see them having fun today.  I think the most popular topping has been pepperoni.”

Allison Spary-Hawthorn from The Chiltern Centre said, “The money that Simon raises will enable us to continue to provide the young people we support with new opportunities and experiences both within the Centre and the community.”