Michel Roux Jr, footballer Graeme Le Saux and Chris Galvin have so far raised £22k for new charity apprenticeship programme Galvin’s Chance, after completing the Mayfair Park and Tower Race in London’s Hyde Park and Hilton on Park Lane yesterday.
A mixture of celebrities, chefs and athletes participated in the race that took them 4.5km around Hyde Park and 28 floors up the London Hilton on Park Lane, with the aim of raising £30k for the charity.
Launched by the Hilton in the Community Foundation and Galvin at Windows, Galvin’s Chance aims to help unemployed and disadvantaged young people aged 18-24, through providing apprenticeships in top London hotels and NVQ Level 2 training placements at Westminster Kingsway College.
Galvin said he hoped the charity would give young people the confidence to find work within the restaurant industry.
“Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a job, especially in the current climate, and for some of London`s young people this is made even harder by a lack of qualifications and experience,” he said. “It has been wonderful to see today`s race so well supported, and I really feel that what everyone involved has done will make a difference in providing opportunities to young people.”
The race was won in 19 minutes and 32 seconds by amateur triathlete Peter Slijkhuis, with former 800m Olympian Jo Fenn finishing first out of the female runners.