Executive Head Chef of the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley, Tony Staples, is getting on his bike for a good cause, and his team are right behind him!
The 41-year-old Crawley resident and father of two is gearing up for the Hit the Downs off-road challenge on Sunday, May 6. As well as raising money for Sussex charity, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Tony’s fundraising efforts will go towards the Royal Marsden Hospital, in memory of Bruno Delrieux, who managed the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley for over 10 years, until recently.
“Bruno was a genuinely nice bloke and everyone in the hotel loved working for him and all miss him very much,” said Tony. “I wanted to do this bike challenge in his memory and no matter how tough the ride gets, I will keep going, as it will never be as hard as fighting cancer.”
The chef, who did his catering qualifications at Crawley College, has been in training for several months ready for the 60km ride, doing cage fit exercise, box fit, and regular weight training sessions in the hotel’s own gym, Inspire Fitness. Every day he rides his bike to work at the luxury hotel where he heads up a team of chefs, creating dishes for conferences, banquets, the Arora’s two bars and internet café, as well as The Grill, the town’s only AA-rosette restaurant.
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