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Top chefs help beat the blues for children’s cancer charity

From left, Simon Dougan MBE, owner of the Yellow Door; Jim Mulholland, head chef and owner of No 14 at The Georgian House in Comber; Hazel Magill, head chef at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa; and Paul Cunningham, head chef and owner of Brunel’s in Newcastle.

Four of Northern Ireland’s top chefs joined together to prepare a dinner with a difference in aid of local charity, Cancer Fund for Children, on February 28.

Creating a menu showcasing some of Northern Ireland’s best produce were chefs Simon Dougan MBE, owner of the Yellow Door; Jim Mulholland, head chef and owner of No 14 at The Georgian House in Comber; Hazel Magill, head chef at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa; and Paul Cunningham, head chef and owner of Brunel’s in Newcastle.

Held at Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children’s therapeutic short break facility in Newcastle, Co Down, 70 guests attended the Beat the Blues-themed gala dinner.

Kicking off the evening with a special gin reception, sponsored by The Boatyard Distillery, guests were well looked after by Eugene Rooney from Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and Keith Cable from Yellow Door Deli.

The gala event, which included a special Lunn’s Jewellery prize draw and an auction for top prizes including a four-ball at Royal Portrush Golf Club with former Ulster and Ireland Rugby player Andrew Trimble, a weekend for two in Paris and a seven-night stay in Mauritius, has raised over £20,000 to help Cancer Fund for Children provide practical and emotional support and free therapeutic short breaks to children and young people impacted by cancer and their families.

“During a short break at Daisy Lodge, we ensure families, many of whom will not have been able to enjoy a family meal in months during cancer treatment, enjoy healthy and nutritious meals together,” said Kate Marshall, chair, Cancer Fund for Children.

“I would like to thank our four amazing and talented chefs who have not only given up their time to prepare the evening’s spectacular meal, but also provided the food for tonight’s guests. I would also like to thanks to our wonderful suppliers Carnbrooke Meats, East Coast Seafoods and Hales Fruit and Vegetables for supplying us with the freshest local produce. This event would not have been possible without your time, talents and support.”

Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis has on the whole family and that aside from the essential medical support there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. The charity helps connect, empower and strengthen young people age 0-24 diagnosed with cancer and young people who have a parent diagnosed with cancer.

For more information about Cancer Fund for Children, visit cancerfundforchildren.com

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