Heartfelt thanks to celebrity chef for charity dinner, raising £8,800

HAMPSHIRE’S leading cardiac charity, Heartbeat, has thanked celebrity TV chef James Tanner, who, along with his team, helped serve up a storm for a special dinner all in aid of Heartbeat’s work. 

The glamorous event, which was held at the ‘Violin Factory’ recently, saw Heartbeat host 30 guests in the stunning private home, which is a hidden gem in the heart of London. The charity dinner raised more than £8,800 for the charity.

Heartbeat helps newborns, children, and adults diagnosed with congenital and cardiovascular diseases primarily by supporting the work of the Wessex Cardiac Unit based at University Southampton Hospital. The charity helps fund the provision of specialised equipment, services, and facilities to help patients and their relatives through their cardiac journey.

Guests were treated to a special six-course dinner prepared by top celebrity chef James Tanner, supported by the amazing Ascot Racecourse 1711 hospitality team.

Tina Richardson, Head of Operations for Heartbeat, said:

“We really are so grateful to James for giving up his time to support our charity. The help and generosity of our supporters are vital to us.

“We’d also like to thank Louise and Milko for letting us use the fantastic venue and donating their home for the evening; it was hugely appreciated. Its unique and contemporary style is not only impressive but flexible, making it the perfect space for hosting an exclusive dinner. Another of the charity’s longstanding supporters, Jonathan Parker, the Managing Director of 1711 by Ascot, helped to create the evening with top celebrity chef James Tanner, supported by the amazing Ascot Racecourse 1711 hospitality team.”

James Tanner said:

“It was fantastic to be part of such a great event, I managed to take a short break away from the kitchen to meet the Heartbeat team and hear about the charity’s amazing work. It’s important to be able to give back and we were all really pleased to be part of the evening and for it to have been such a great success.”

Among the six exquisite courses were pickled west country crab and braised short rib of beef, followed by a pre-dessert, dessert and cheese which had been kindly donated by Lyburn Cheeses of Wiltshire. Each course was matched by wines sponsored by Hallgarten and Novum.

Entertainment was provided by heart patient and supporter Paul Jones who is a classically trained pianist playing the resident Baby Grand Piano. Guests were also treated to a tour of the uniquely designed property.

For more information on Heartbeat-backed events, please visit: www.heartbeat.co.uk.