HBAA members have raised £23,696 so far this year for the association’s chosen charity Beyond Food which inspires people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness to gain meaningful employment in the catering and hospitality sector.

After raising £18,803 at the Kick Off meeting and the Annual Dinner in January, two recent events have boosted the total by £4,893.

This year’s Come Dine with Us, held recently at 8 member venues across the UK, raised over £850. Now in its 4th year, the ever-popular event provides unparalleled opportunities for agency and venue members to raise money for the charity while meeting new and established industry colleagues over dinner.



At the recent HBAA Annual Forum, Award winning chef, author and social entrepreneur Simon Boyle, Chef Director at Beyond Food, announced his new book Cook4Life “How to Cook and Keep on Cooking”. The book uses the catalyst of food to engage and inspire young, vulnerable individuals. The book is designed to teach the reader the fundamentals of cooking, to be used in times of hardship or challenges in life.

Through the generosity of member contributions, over £4,043 was successfully raised, including funding for 200 books and a further 100 books from two individual donors.

HBAA Venue Chair Louisa Watson, (Pictured top image,) comments “Beyond Food works tirelessly to help homeless people rebuild their lives. Simon Boyle has set about imparting his passion, skills and knowledge of cooking and food on to Beyond Food Foundation’s apprentices, encouraging them to move their lives forward in a positive and meaningful way. We are proud to support them.”

Simon Boyle says “We are grateful to the HBAA and their support network. With the money raised, Beyond Food will continue to create inspirational projects to help those that are homeless and end the cycle of ‘no job no home – no home no job’. A series of innovative new programmes are already underway to motivate participants towards sustainable employment and a secure future.”

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