Elior colleagues and guests from across the foodservice industry raised thousands of pounds for Elior’s charity partner – Heads Together – at the Elior Inspirational Dinner on 26 April 2018.
In exchange for their generosity, guests were treated to a phenomenal four-course dinner designed by the likes of Tom Kerridge, John Williams MBE, and Claire Clark MBE; paired with wines selected by Fred Sirieix; and cooked by chef apprentices from Elior’s award-winning Chef School programme.
Charlotte Wright, corporate social responsibility manager for Elior UK, said: “Mental health is an issue which can affect any of us at any time. Heads Together is doing fantastic work to help tackle stigma and provide life-changing support to people in need. With our help, and with the funds raised at the Elior Inspirational Dinner, Heads Together can continue to support those affected by mental health issues and ensure people can access help when they need it most.”
Elior has supported Heads Together – the mental health campaign of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – as its partner charity since October 2017.
Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation, said: “Heads Together combines a public awareness-raising campaign to remove the stigma around mental health with innovative programmes, to provide people with the tools they need to support their mental health wherever they are and whenever they need it. It is fantastic to have the support of Elior staff; the help of companies such as Elior enables us to continue our work in this vital area, so thank you for all of your support.”
As well as making charitable donations for the dinner, guests raised thousands buying tickets for the raffle – which included chocolates from William Curley and hampers from Fortnum & Mason and Paul Rhodes – and vying for incredible prizes in the silent auction.
The auction lots – which included tickets to Scotland v South Africa at BT Murrayfield, lunch at Galvin at Windows, and a pair of tennis balls signed by Venus and Serena Williams – even sparked a good-humoured bidding rivalry between two Elior colleagues. The highest bidder finally achieved victory by a margin of 1p!