Sheffield chef swaps kitchen for Kilimanjaro

Chef Andy Burns

Chef Andy Burns

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A Sheffield chef is swapping his kitchen for Kilimanjaro to raise cash for charity.

Andy Burns is due to complete the climb this month to say thank you to Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital for treating his good friend and former colleague, Ben Degg.

In February 2014, after already overcoming a rare form of germ cell cancer in 2013, Ben, a father-of-two, was diagnosed with secondary lung cancer.

His future is uncertain.

Executive Head Chef, Andy Burns, who works at The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road, where Ben used to work, said staff have organised a series of fundraising events for Weston Park since their friend was diagnosed.

He said: “Basically I want to take myself out of my comfort zone for a week to remind myself how much I appreciate my family, my comforts and my friends.

“Ben is a great guy and he and I worked closely during his time at The Broadfield - it is an honour to raise funds for the hospital where he received treatment.”

Having set an initial target of £250 for his climb, Andy has now raised over £400.

Altogether The Broadfield have raised £2,000 for Weston Park, with a charity quiz night planned on September 16.