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Chefs join forces at Bildeston Crown to raise £10,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


BILDESTON: The Bildeston Crown, High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk.A fundraising dinner hosted by owners of The Bildeston Crown raised £10,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. .Picture: Owners Chris and Hayley Lee, outside the pub, holding the charity cheque. Picture by Mark Westley. (5525840)
BILDESTON: The Bildeston Crown, High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk.A fundraising dinner hosted by owners of The Bildeston Crown raised £10,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. .Picture: Owners Chris and Hayley Lee, outside the pub, holding the charity cheque. Picture by Mark Westley. (5525840)

Chefs joined forces to dish up a lavish fundraising dinner at a pub in Bildeston.

The event, hosted by The Bildeston Crown, raised £10,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which provides support for people living with long-term illnesses.

Head chef Chris Lee, who runs the business with his wife, Hayley, invited five chefs to showcase their culinary skills, and serve a five-course meal for more than 50 guests last Monday.

“I count all these chefs as good friends and thought it would be a great opportunity to get together; we don’t do it enough,” he said.

“The fact that we can have fun cooking together and raise much-needed funds for the hospice is even better.”

Mrs Lee praised the generosity of people who donated to a charity raffle, which was also held on the night.

“As it became known that it was for the hospice, people were asking to donate prizes and, before we knew it, we had an auction as well as the rather impressive raffle,” she said.

“On the night itself, the kitchen may have been a calm oasis, but the restaurant was buzzing.

“It was hard work, but all the staff got into the spirit of the event, and we were all so very proud when it was announced that we had raised a spectacular £10,000 from just the one night.

“It will certainly be a Monday night to remember for all at The Bildeston Crown.”

The Bury St Edmunds hospice must raise £11,000 a day to fund its services.

Emma Clements, events fundraiser at the charity, praised the group’s efforts.

“A big thank you to all six chefs and their teams for giving up their Monday night off to raise such a phenomenal amount,” she said.

“We are so proud that west Suffolk has such talented chefs and are immensely grateful for their continued support.”



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