28th January 2020

    School Diner transforms into pop-up restaurant for Pilgrims

    Twenty students from Archbishop’s School in Canterbury donned chef whites and opened up Restaurant 58 in their school canteen in aid of local charity, Pilgrims Hospices. Supported by School Diners, a project created by celebrity chef Mark Lloyd, the aim is to engage students with a positive experience of school.

    For the last five weeks, the year 10 and year 11 pupils have been busy planning the pop-up restaurant deciding the name, colour scheme, advertising the event and contacting local businesses to donate raffle prizes and stock donations.

    Year 11 student, Will G said: “This project has helped me build my confidence and leadership skills which will be great for my CV!

    “It’s been challenging but we have had a great time working together and creating Restaurant 58.”

    The sold-out event on Saturday 25 January welcomed 112 guests to Archbishop’s School who were served a three-course meal including butternut squash risotto and a super food salad by the KS4 PXL Build Up Group students.

    This project has helped me build my confidence and leadership skills which will be great for my CV!

    Will, Archbishop’s School student

    With no set prices, guests were asked to pay what they thought the meal was worth, helping to raise £2,170!

    Leila Ilkhan, Pilgrims Canterbury Community Fundraising Manager said: “It was lovely to see what the students had accomplished in just five weeks through School Diners. Their hard work and enthusiasm will make a big difference enabling Pilgrims to be there for those patients who need us, when they need us most.”

    If you have been inspired by the students at Archbishop’s School and would like to organise your own fundraising event, please contact Pilgrims Hospices team by emailing fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org.

    Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet as well as in patients’ own homes.  To offer these services to patients and their families the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.

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