Dream The Impossible event raises over £527k for Tim Bacon Foundation

MORE than £527,000 was raised for the Tim Bacon Foundation by Dream The Impossible – Manchester’s first city-wide banquet.

The event saw over 1,000 diners descend on eight Living Ventures restaurants, including Manchester House, Australasia, Artisan, Alchemist, Grand Pacific, Grill on the Alley and GUSTO, for the ambitious charity event.

It was followed by a party at Manchester’s Albert Hall featuring West End singing star Beverley Knight who performed some of her best-known hits.

Bacon, who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer, founded Living Ventures along with current CEO Jeremy Roberts and is credited with transforming Manchester’s now thriving restaurant and bar scene.

“The aim of Dream the Impossible was to celebrate Tim’s life and raise a huge amount of money for the Foundation,” said Roberts. “I am delighted to say we achieved both aims and had an amazing night.

“I cannot thank everyone who has supported this event enough, from my colleagues at Living Ventures in organising it, our amazing suppliers and sponsors and everyone that attended, it has been humbling to receive such goodwill from so many people in Manchester and from the wider hospitality industry.”

The amount raised will go to the Tim Bacon Foundation’s inaugural appeal for Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres which provide much needed care for cancer patients.

Louise Stimson from Christie said: “We provide treatment and care for our patients which is above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide. With the support of partners like the Tim Bacon Foundation we are able to continue to provide the best facilities, care and treatment that there is available.

“I’m sure Tim would have been very proud of his team and thrilled with the results.”

Sinead Collins, Maggie’s Manchester Centre Head, said: “We’re thrilled and grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to put on such a special event.

“Those who loved and supported Tim Bacon – and everyone out there who has been affected by cancer – will know the tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

“The funds raised by Dream the Impossible event will help us to welcome more people to Maggie’s Manchester and give them the support they need to find their way through cancer.”

The evening was sponsored by Allied London for Manchester House; Shoosmiths LLP for Australasia; Palatine Private Equity and Deloitte for GUSTO; Finch Insurance Brokers for The Alchemist New York Street; Asahi UK for The Alchemist Spinningfields and Relentless Group and Bruntwood for Grand Pacific, where former Manchester United star Gary Neville was in attendance.

PICTURE: Toby Sproll from Bruntwood, Jeremy Roberts and Gary Neville – photograph by Natasha Evans-Williams

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