Marco Pierre White is to become the figurehead of a new charitable foundation that will help and support good causes within the communities where restaurants operate under his name. Called the Black and White Foundation, the organisation is now searching for what it plans will be a long line of UK-based beneficiaries which will benefit from a grant to support their activities.
The brainchild of trustees Shezan Aslam and Nick Taplin, the foundation originates from Black and White Hospitality, which, having raised close to £200,000 over the last four years on the back of four marathon bike rides, will now benefit further, worthy causes.
Speaking about the background to creating the foundation Aslam said: “Marco gives up a lot of time to help charities and good causes as well as visiting catering colleges and other institutions to inspire and motivate and he wants to extend this activity further.
“Recently he’s made visits to Children’s Hospice South West, Claire House Children’s Hospice in Liverpool and Birmingham Children’s hospital. He’s also visited catering colleges around the UK including speaking at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions.
“So, on the back of Marco’s personal activity and with Black and White Hospitality raising close to £200,000 for good causes over the last four years it felt the time was right to launch the foundation.
“On the back of these rides we have helped charities including Action Medical Research for Children, Cure Leukaemia and a charity called PROPS which provides a range of services, opportunities and support for those with learning difficulties.”
Equally enthusiastically Aslam added: “This total doesn’t take into account all the other activity our venues undertake locally as well as the other activities the Black and White team gets involved in which has included, for example, sleeping rough for homeless charities such as St Basil’s in Birmingham.
“It therefore made sense for us to establish the foundation which will give us greater autonomy and control on where the money we raise is donated and we’re delighted to start the search now.”
With plans for a fifth charity bike from Bristol to Champagne already underway – including a target to raise £75,000 – Aslam and Taplin are looking forward to adding to the overall total.
Aslam continued: “A lot of the staff who work in our venues come from the local area in which the restaurant or hotel is located. It’s therefore important that we not only support the community by creating jobs but also by getting out and engaging with local groups and individuals within those geographic areas.
“The Black and White Foundation is the perfect vehicle to do this and is a significant milestone in the journey of Black and White Hospitality and we’ll look forward to more philanthropic work.”
Aslam now wants to hear from good causes and charities from within the UK hospitality sector by 30 April so it can provide relief where needed and is welcoming proposals that support their fundraising priorities. Adding: “Grants will range from £250 to £10,000 with any applications needing to be made by sending a two-sided, 1,000 word proposal outlining what the grant would be used for and who it will benefit.
“If a good cause or charity is looking for support for payment towards goods or services again, we would need details of how these goods or services will benefit those in need.
“The board of trustees will then look at all applications on merit and distribute monies accordingly.”
Applications to be sent to – Sasha Ogborne, Black and White Foundation, c/o Cadbury House, Frost Hill, Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5AD.
Please include full name of good cause / charity, registered charity number (if available), name of main contact, email, address and telephone number.