Virgin Money colleagues takeover Hoole Restaurant to raise over £2k for Dementia Revolution

Colleagues from Virgin Money’s offices in Chester took over ‘The Suburbs’ Restaurant in Hoole, Chester to raise money for a year-long campaign, The Dementia Revolution.

Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society today and there are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure it. Today almost one million people in the UK are living with a form of dementia, the most common one being Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, one in three of us will be affected by dementia in some way.

As Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have joined forces for a year-long campaign, The Dementia Revolution, to power ground-breaking dementia research, overthrow old attitudes and lead the charge towards a cure.

The campaign this week received national attention following the support of Dame Barbara Windsor, herself living with the dementia. Her husband, Scott will be running the Marathon next year to raise awareness.

Almost forty people attended the evening, which saw Virgin Money colleagues take over the kitchen and bar in order to prepare, cook and serve a varied three course meal, with the dishes on offer included in a special cookbook published to celebrate the event and featuring recipes from the menu. The meal was followed by an auction, which saw staff bid on prizes donated by Virgin Money partners, and businesses in Chester. As a result over £2,000 was raised for charity.

Mark Kerfoot, Head of Credit Cards Finance was ‘head chef’ for the evening, and was helped by colleagues, Sophie Field, Account Management Manager and Carmel McCarth, Continuous Improvement Manager who spent the day preparing food and cooking. They were helped by fellow colleague Karen Thenga, who owns The Surburbs along with her husband Kingdom.

Commenting on the day, Mark Kerfoot, said:

I have always had a passion for cooking and often talk about it in the office. So when the opportunity arose to take over The Surburbs for an evening in aid of our Charity of the Year, The Dementia Revolution, I jumped at the chance.  Working in a professional kitchen and catering for forty people is much more stressful and very different to cooking at home. That said, it’s was a great experience and meant we could raise a significant sum for a worthwhile cause as a result.

Virgin Money would like to thank the following businesses for supporting the event: The Sururbs – Hoole, Manchester United FC, Eyelove Chester, WatchNation – Hoole, Hoole Nailspa, GHQ Hoole, Erj – Hoole, Bar Lounge, Chez Jules, Chesterfields, Goodcomms. NUYU Fitness