PAUL Gayler, executive chef of London’s Lanesborough hotel has teamed up with fellow London-based chefs to form Chefs Unite to raise funds for the Emily Begg fund in conjunction with Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Following the death in November 2006 of Emily Begg, the daughter of a close family friend, Paul helped his daughter Lauren Gayler raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Their aim is to raise funds in memory of Emily Begg to go towards a specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit planned for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridgeshire. The total cost of the unit is approximately £2 million.
The team has pledged to raise £150,000 - £200,000 for the Emily Begg fund over the next twelve months through a series of sponsored activities and fundraising events culminating in a dinner at the Sheraton Park Lane, London on 29th February 2008 where a specially recruited brigade of respected chefs will cook for 350 VIP guests.
Other members of the Chefs Unite team include Andrew Bennett, executive chef of the Sheraton Park Lane, Henry Brosi, executive chef of The Dorchester and Simon Young, executive chef of Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.
Paul Gayler said, “During Emily’s illness, Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) were tremendously supportive and a real source of strength for the whole family.
"Sadly, 6 young people just like Emily find out they have cancer each day in the UK.
"As fathers and family men ourselves, we feel very strongly about this worthy cause and all funds raised by the Chefs Unite team for the Emily Begg fund will ensure young people with cancer are getting the best possible treatment.”
If you would like to support the team and make a pledge to the Emily Begg Fund, please visit http://www.teenagecancertrust.org.uk/sponsor/mayqueenappeal