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FOOD writer and chef Mark Hix is donating a meal for four at his London restaurant to help a fundraising auction being organised by the Hadleigh Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Stoke-by-Nayland this month.

Organisers hope a guest of honour at the charity dinner at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa on Friday, March 25, will be actor David Morrissey, recently in the BBC1 drama South Riding, who has a home in Suffolk. Comedian and writer Griff Rhys Jones is also expected at the event.

Restaurateur Hix has appeared on TV programmes such as Saturday Kitchen and the Great British Menu, as well as BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme.

As well as donating the meal at his HIX restaurant in Soho, he is giving the winning bidder the chance to meet the current world mixologist of the year, Nick Strangeway, and learn the art of making the perfect cocktail.

Hadleigh organisers have also secured VIP tickets to Roger Waters’ show The Wall, based on the 1970s Pink Floyd hit, which is visiting the O2 Arena in May, and a round of golf for four on one of the Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship golf courses.

RNLI spokeswoman Amy Ross said: “Fundraising events such as this are essential to enable the RNLI to continue.”

For more information and tickets, which are priced at £40, contact Kate Bailey on 01473 823570 or email