FOOD lovers gathered at one of Chichester’s Italian restaurants to raise money for a good cause.
ASK Italian, on East Street, has taken part in a nationwide campaign to raise £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.
The restaurant hosted a food night last Tuesday with a special menu created by chef Theo Randall, and also organised a sprint triathlon for ASK employees and members of the public.
Managing director of ASK Steve Holmes and general manager for the Chichester branch, Russell Smith, presented Justine Trumper from Great Ormond Street Hospital with a cheque for £711.
“The grand tour offers our customers and the public the chance to get involved in something that will make a difference to so many children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“We hope the grand tour will capture the spirit of ASK Italian, raise a huge sum of money for a charity close to our hearts, celebrate our passion for real Italian food and culture and of course, have some fun along the way.”
Diners at last week’s event bought raffle tickets and had a four-course meal to raise funds for the charity as part of the tour, which will be visiting every ASK branch in the country.
More than 100 participants took part in a sprint triathlon and were presented with their medals by 13-year-old Lara Williams-Lourenco, a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
ASK employees are also taking on the challenge of cycling, running and swimming 25,000 miles around the country. The tour is also being supported by a host of well-known British talent, including McFly, Lawrence Dallaglio, Lee Dixon, Dan Lobb and chef Theo Randall
Neal Donnelly, director of corporate partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity, said: “Working alongside our partner ASK Italian, the grand tour is a great opportunity for us to raise vital funds for the charity as well as spreading awareness of our work across the UK.”
For more information visit www.askitaliangrandtour.co.uk