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Hospitality Action is the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards charity for 2017

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 September 2017

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This year’s Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards takes place at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Blackburn on Monday, October 16th

It’s a night when the county’s hospitality industry gathers to celebrate the best. The Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards is one of the most prestigious occasions north’s culinary calendar. It recognises the brightest and best and those who are at the top of their game.

But it is not always an easy experience in an industry as demanding as this. This year diners at our awards ceremony will be raising money for Hospitality Action. This trade charity has been offering a crucial lifeline to people of all ages, working and retired, from the hospitality industry for 180 years. Whether it is a chef, housekeeper, school cook or bar staff, Hospitality Action endeavours to support, whatever the difficulty.

The charity’s beneficiaries come from all walks of life and from all areas of the UK. They face serious difficulties on a daily basis: from life-changing illness and poverty to bereavement and homelessness. With the help of the industry, Hospitality Action wants to make sure they are there to lend support.

One local recipient was Vikki. Experienced in pub and bar work, Vikki took on the role as a waitress in a busy restaurant where she has been for the past 21 years.

But the last 12 months have been incredibly tough for her as she left work to care for her mother who was dying of cancer. Heartbroken when her mum passed away Vikki found a cancerous lump in her own breast, as did her sister. Both siblings underwent mastectomies at the same time as attempting to deal with their grief.

Unable to return to work and borrowing money from her friends and family to keep up with her bills, Vikki contacted Hospitality Action for help. The charity gave Vikki a crisis grant to help with her general living costs as she faces more surgery and the long road to recovery.

Hospitality Action helps people struggling in all kinds of situations. In addition to their established grants programme, the charity also offer help to students via their Alcohol and Drug Awareness seminars and run an extremely popular befriending scheme for industry retirees and days out for families in need. The charity also provides expert advice, support and assistance through their rapidly growing Employee Assistance Programme.

Last year £668,621 was spent supporting 2,037 people in need. A total of £79,075 was spent in the North West. There are many ways to support the charity. For more details visit www.hospitalityaction.org.uk

This year’s Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards takes place at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Blackburn, for an evening of drinks and dining excellence. On Monday, October 16th. The elegant black tie presentation celebrates the expertise of hoteliers, chefs, restaurateurs, pub landlords, food producers and their staff.

For further details please email Linda Chase at linda.chase@archant.co.uk. Tickets are £75 each + vat. The price includes a drinks reception, a four-course dinner and wine.

Lancashire Life readers wishing to stay at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel on the evening of October 16th can take advantage of a preferred room rate of £80 bed and breakfast based on single occupancy and £90 bed and breakfast based on double occupancy. Please call 01254 303407 and quote ‘Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards’.

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