Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Pub’s charity night tribute to terminally ill young chef

alvanley arms charity nightMORE than £15,000 was raised for charity from a special event held at the Alvanley Arms in Cotebrooke, Cheshire, in honour of its young chef who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The evening, which was supported by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, consisted of dinner, raffle prizes throughout the event and an auction.

Licensee Harry Challinor (pictured with Aaron) said: “Earlier this year we had the good fortune in employing a young, very talented and passionate chef called Aaron.

After five weeks of working for us, we developed a great connection with Aaron, as he made such an enormous impact on our pub.

However, he became ill and, at just 25 years of age, has now been diagnosed with terminal bowel and stomach cancer. On hearing this devastating news, myself, Julie and all at the Alvanley organised an event to raise awareness of this deadly disease and raise some money for Aaron.”

The charity event and dinner involved some of Aaron’s previous colleagues he worked with as a chef in London, who helped to serve the food.

Designed by Aaron, the menu included a selection of innovative dishes such as Live Rock Pool (crab ravioli, mussels, clams, prawns and sea herbs with a shellfish bisque) and Cherry Bakewell (cherry soup, frangipane sphere, toasted almonds, cherry sorbet and Italian meringue).

“The event was very emotional, but we had a great turn out and we’d like to say a big thank you to all who helped make the night so special,” added Harry.

“In spite of the circumstances, we’re incredibly proud of the community for pulling together and to have raised so much in such a short period; this is tribute to Aaron and how much everybody thinks of him.”

All proceeds will be going to Aaron’s suggested charity When You Wish Upon A Star.  To donate email Harry.Challinor@hotmail.co.uk

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