West Bridgford-based Handelsbanken arranged the fundraiser.
It was all about Indian Street food: Prawn Chapatis, Chicken Biryani, Raita and Vegetable Samosas.
Choosing on this occasion between Indian or Italian, fundraisers were invited to a Zoom Cook-A-long and learnt how to create a fine-dining meal from scratch assisted by Alison Sloan, Chef at Fascinating Food who runs her online cookery business locally and offered her skills to Chef this inspiring fun event. www.fascinatingfood.co.uk
“It’s a winning combination for budding chefs, foodies, and charity-minded folk to socialise, learn a new skill and fundraise all at the same time. An online cookery demo with family & colleagues was a winning solution despite all the limitations of lockdown.
“To choose a local charity and raise awareness of homelessness when so many local people are going hungry was absolutely the right thing to do and we are very grateful to Handelsbanken for choosing to support the Friary this year.” Says Helen Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Friary.
Locally based Corporate Bankers John Gell and Darren Fretwell contacted the Friary to offer their support. “Really enjoyed it. Had some fun, learnt something and raised some money for a great cause. Thanks Alison!” said John Gell.
Zoom has been the meeting from of necessity over this pandemic year but who would have thought Zoom could be used to enjoy a cookery demonstration in real time, cook-a-long in the comfort of your own kitchen with such fabulous results! To smell the food cooking whilst you watch the demo is such a novelty!
“The Friary wish to particularly thank Handelsbanken for such a novel fundraising initiative and for deciding to raise money for our charity.
“With such a huge following on social media, this local branch of an international company has inevitably raised awareness of homelessness.
“As we prepare at the Friary to extend our services to meet a local increase in poverty, we hope more corporates will step forward to support us through this pandemic and as we come out of lockdown. “ says Helen Jones, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Friary.
Please get in touch if you’re interested in doing something similar with groups you work or socialise with, acquire a new cooking skill, have some fun and raise essential funds for the Friary who will feed the homeless from the proceeds. firstname.lastname@example.org
See the-friary.org.uk for more information.
A second cook along is planned for April to help raise even more. Looking forward to an evening of tapas next time!