In the STARlight….

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As some of you may be aware Helen will be taking to the stage later in the year in Gloucestershire’s Star Talent – an evening of fun, laughter, singing and dancing all in the aid of raising money for the National Star College here in Cheltenham- a fabulous cause which is very close to our heart here at the restaurant.

At National Star, they are driven by their vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. This sits at the heart of everything they do, from the personalised and world-class learning they provide via National Star College to training, specialist services and their work in the wider community. All of this is underpinned by both their passion to enrich people’s lives and by their moral and statutory responsibilities. Beth and Helen have were fortunate enough to go up to the college for a tour to see what they are all about and where the money raised will go. It was an unforgettable experience, the resources and equipment they provide are first class and the whole ethos and dedication of the team make us proud to support such a cause! They even have a Bistro where you can go and indulge in a spot of lunch just outside the hustle and bustle of the centre of Cheltenham.

The evening itself will be hosted Dr Dawn Harper best known for hosting ITV’s embarrassing bodies, is the resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and still manages to practice as a GP in Stroud. To those of you who know Helen well, this is even more remarkable as she has no known talent, although she have been assured that this doesn’t matter as she has been placed in the very capable hands of a fabulous dance teacher- watch this space!

In addition to the main event we will be holding a couple of events ourselves to raise money for the charity. Information of these events will be following in the near future so be sure not to miss out!

Gloucestershire’s Star Talent Show will be at Cheltenham Town Hall on November 20. Tickets, priced £25 and £20, go on sale on August 10 from Cheltenham Town Hall on   0844 576 2210 or see the Cheltenham Town Hall website for more details.

For any more information on the college, or to give a donation yourself please visit www.nationalstar.org or why not pop in to the Bistro and see for yourself the great work happens at this unique college.

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Big Eat Chef’s Dinner

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At the end of October our team headed up to the star college for the big eat charity fundraising evening, raising money for the college itself. Along with chefs David Kelman from Ellenbrough Park, Matt Black and Rob Rees from the Star Bistro.

StarBistro is a joint venture between The Wiggly Worm and National Star Foundation enabling young people with disabilities to gain real life work experience in a restaurant environment, they use great local and seasonal ingredients and serve their meals from a specially designed kitchen to their customers in a purpose built restaurant.

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Dom & I were in charge of sending out the canapés and starters and Helen and Hannah were helping running front of house. It was a very successful evening raising far more than expected especially with the auction at the end which Lumiere donated a tasting and matched wines prize. All in all the evening raised over £5,000 for the charity.

I would like to thank Flying Fish Seafoods & Creed Food Supplies for donating some of the ingredients and Martyn Dymott and his art group of their kind donation towards the other ingredients!