STAFF at St Luke’s Hospice have cooked up a tasty new way of supporting their work – and having a great night out into the bargain.
Their latest fundraising initiative is Come Dine @ Mine, a variation on the popular Channel 4 cooking challenge. And it was launched this week with a dinner party at the hospice.
Community fundraising manager Fran Morley came up with the scheme and developed it with the help of colleague Leia Bassett and St Luke’s head chef Nick Wilkes.
The idea is that hosts of all ages and abilities invite a group of friends round for dinner. Each course is rated in secret, and, at the end of the evening, guests are asked to make a donation based on what they think the meal would be worth in a restaurant.
“Every penny counts and we hope lots of different types of people will take part – from students having a pizza party to proper fine dining,” says Fran.
And the St Luke’s team has made it easy for people to get involved. Prospective hosts can simply log on to their website and download everything they need… from invitations and place settings to tips, score cards and even recipes.
The launch party was hosted by St Luke’s, but guests each contributed a course. They included bloggers Clare Tollick and Ros Arksey, Stephen and Karen Thompson of Moss Valley Fine Meats, ‘Knifeman’ Mick Fox and chefs Nick Wilkes and Alex McDonald – who, not surprisingly, were declared the winners.
The event raised £150 for the hospice.
To host a party, or for more details, visit the website: www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/events/Your-Place-Then-Mine.aspx