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Team San Carlo Sky Dive for Breast Cancer UK

A big well done to team San Carlo and Dave Mansbridge one of our trustees  for making the 15000ft jump out of a plane in order to fundraise for Tim Bacon Foundation and Breast Cancer UK.  Incredible considering the sky jump they chose is actually the highest in the UK!

The team raised over £6,000 for the charities which is a brilliant achievement,  we can’t thank them all enough for choosing this challenge. 


The Alchemist climb Ben Nevis

29 of the amazing Alchemist’s climbed Ben Nevis on Tuesday for the Tim Bacon Foundation, Cash for Kids West Scotland and Chris’ House.  

Not only did the team at the Glasgow venue climb but others from the rest of the UK came to join them.   During the month of August an optional £1 on the bill was added to enhance the fundraising in the Glasgow restaurant.

A big thank you to everyone who took part and for all those that supported them with donations.

Gusto Italian race to Italy

During the month of August 8 out of the 14 Gusto Italian restaurants took place in a race to Florence and Back.  Strava accounts linked to Just Giving Pages meant that the miles could easily be clocked.

Colleagues could either run, walk, swim or ride to Italy.  The team are a pretty active bunch so the 4134 miles to Florence and back was completed by the end of the month.

The money that the team have raised will go in the pot of the £100K to Young Lives vs Cancer.

The money from the partnership will help Young Lives vs Cancer be there for young people facing cancer and their families. The charity’s specialist social workers are there from the moment of diagnosis to help guide families through everything cancer throws at them. Their eleven Home from Homes offer families a free place to stay near to the hospital.

Anyone for Cricket?

This week saw the annual Tim Bacon Cup Cricket match take place at Harrow St Marys. The usual captains Paul Campbell and Ian Edward battled it out on the pitch. Ian Edwards team batted first scoring 172 runs from their 25 overs. Paul Campbells team fell 7 runs short apparently due to some suspect umpiring. (according to someone on Paul Campbells team!)

It is however all about the taking part! A big thank you goes out to each cricketer who paid a donation to us to be part of the match, and for those who were given a fine that enhanced their donation.

Paul Campbell says:-

“Every year we have such fun at this fixture. Great people, lots of friendly rivalry and the occasional bit of sporting excellence! We were also blessed yet again with incredible weather. And as a big bonus we can raise money for such a wonderful cause in memory of our dear and much missed mate Tim.”

Hospitality Kicks – Raising Money for Hospitality Charities

A big thank you to Wireless Social for orchestrating this amazing event on the 27th June 2023.  Hospitality all came together with one goal to raise money for three hospitality charities, Tim Bacon Foundation, Licensed Trade Charity and Only A Pavement Away.

Although a grey day spirits were certainly not dampened,  40 male and 3 female teams came with the aim of lifting the trophy.  Sir Kenny Dalgleish arrived to watch the final and to present the winning team with the Trophy.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved through sponsorship, entering a team, or providing food and drinks for the players.  You are all winners in our eyes!

Dream The Impossible – The Impact

On the 8th September 2022 we held Dream the Impossible the Sequel.    The evening saw 11 of Manchester iconic restaurants (Hawksmoor, Australasia, Grand Pacific, Tattu, San Carlo, Gusto, The Alchemist Spinningfields, Habas, Bull and Bear, 20 Stories and Duttons) come together to host 1200 guests in the city.  At 11pm the guests continued their evening at an after-party hosted by The Albert Hall.  Having distributed the funding to the 7 Beneficiary Charities we now know how they have used their donation. We are thrilled about the impact this evening had, click on the charity icon to read where your donation went.





Casual Bar and Dining Awards Raise £5.1K for TBF

We attended the Casual Bar and Dining Awards as their charity partner on the 27th April 2023 in London.  Supported by a team of volunteers from Sixty Eight People, Mr Yum, Storylocker and Living Ventures to help us colleect donations at the Grosvenor Square Marriott.  We can’t thank our volunteers enough giving up their valuable free time to help us.

Our team of volunteers made their way efficiently around all 41 tables.  Awarding the table who raised the most on the evening a Magnum of Rose Champagne,  donated by Moet Hennessy. 

We are blown away by the generosity of the hospitality audience raising an amazing total of £5,100 on the evening !

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that donated and would like to congratulate everyone who won an award.



We have been hard at work counting all the proceeds from Dream the Impossible II. The event was, as promised, bigger and better than the inaugural event in 2017. More than 1350 people attended over 11 restaurants supported by 18 different corporate sponsors raising funds for 8 cancer charities in the Manchester region.

We are proud and delighted to announce the profit from the event was a staggering £425,000. This was an amazing effort by the TBF Dream Team who give their time and expertise to the charity and of course this could not have been possible without vital contributions from businesses and the hospitality industry to which we are eternally grateful.

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TBF partnership with The Alchemist rasies £43,390 for Bloodcancer UK

The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant raised an amazing total of £43,390 and they couldn’t have achieved this without the generosity and support of their staff and customers during 2021.

TBF partnered with The Alchemist and Bloodcancer UK to raise funds for a Clinical Nurse Advisor and a Medical Social Worker to support those living with blood cancer.  The money was raised through £1 on the Bill during September – Bloodcancer Awareness Month.  Teams of Alchemist staff from across the country raised sponsorship and joined the Tim Bacon Foundation at the start line of the Great Manchester 10k too for the TBF Hospitality Challenge.

Why the donation was so invaluable

Living with blood cancer, or supporting a loved one who has been diagnosed, can be incredibly difficult at any time, but the pandemic has been especially tough for the blood cancer community. People with blood cancer are extremely vulnerable to becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus, this is due to their weakened immune systems.

Recent evidence also suggests that people with blood cancer are less likely to be protected by existing Covid vaccines because of the nature of their cancer or treatment. This means that whilst everyone else’s life is getting back to normal, the lives of those with blood cancer are still on pause and many have been shielding since March 2020.

The pandemic has had a huge toll on the mental health of the blood cancer community, both from the fear of contracting Covid and the sense of isolation from trying to avoid it. This has led to a significant increase in demand for specialised blood cancer support services. The money raised has been invaluable to ensure services have been available to all.

Stephanie Cullen from Blood Cancer UK commented:

‘We are incredibly proud to be working with the The Alchemist and the Tim Bacon Foundation to help make a difference for people affected by blood cancer.

Thanks to their fantastic support, we have been able to fund two key roles on our support line: a Clinical Nurse Advisor and a Medical Social Worker. Both roles provide high quality emotional and practical support and trusted information for all blood cancers.

Our support line is a free and confidential service offers a safe space for all people with blood cancer, their friends and family, and for anyone worried about the disease. This service has been a vital resource throughout the pandemic, as people with blood cancer are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. And after almost two years of the pandemic, it has taken a great toll on their wellbeing.

So far over 2021, our Support Service team has received over 5,000 calls and emails. Recently, we have seen an increase in calls from patients and family members who are concerned about new Covid-19 variants. Additionally, the rising number of blood cancer patients dying from the virus is hugely worrying for our community, and as a result people are continuing to call us for emotional support throughout this difficult period.

As we continue to face an uncertain 2022, Blood Cancer UK will continue to be here for anyone affected by the disease. We want to say a huge thank you to each member of the teams at The Alchemist and the Tim Bacon Foundation, your support will help make a real difference to the blood cancer community.’

Hannah Plumb from The Alchemist commented:-

“At The Alchemist we are so proud to have raised such a substantial amount of money for Blood Cancer UK and The Tim Bacon Foundation. Our work with the Tim Bacon Foundation is so important to us, and to be able to raise funds for both a Clinical Nurse Advisor and a Medical Social Worker, knowing how impactful that will be, means a lot to us and our teams. We look forward to seeing how our donation helps so many people, and to the work we will continue to do with TBF in 2022”


Please get in touch if you need support from a blood cancer diagnosis

Anyone affected by a blood cancer diagnosis including family members, friends or colleagues can contact the helpline for support the number is 0808 2080 888 or you can email on

If you would like more information on how your business could work with the Tim Bacon Foundation to achieve its fundraising potential, please email

Dream the Impossible – The Sequel Launches

We are excited to announce that some of Manchester’s best-known restaurants are uniting with us for a city-wide fundraising takeover. The aim of the night is to bring 1,300 people together dining at top restaurants across the city centre before gathering at the Albert Hall for music and dancing at the culmination of the night.

The restaurants joining us for the evening are The Alchemist, Gusto, Grand Pacific, Australasia, San Carlo, Habas, The Bull and Bear, Hawksmoor, 20 Stories, Tattu, and Duttons. All the restaurants will be digitally connected via TV screens for a silent auction.

Jeremy said: “The Tim Bacon Foundation has now raised close to £1m towards a range of cancer-related causes, including £500,000 towards the Proton Beam Therapy Centre, which opened at the Christie in 2018.

“A further £100,000 has been donated by the foundation to Prevent Breast Cancer, for two vital research projects along with donations to Maggie’s, Joshua Tree and Kidscan – all Manchester based charities helping people living with cancer.”

He adds: “We are proud of what we’ve achieved, but we are really excited to do it again bigger and even better so we can all honour Tim’s memory and help those affected by cancer, which will affect one in every two people.”

There has been tremendous support this year from Manchester’s restaurants, and we are now seeking sponsorship from city businesses for the individual restaurant events at £15,000 each.

Each package comes with 20 tickets, meaning sponsors staff and guests can take part, in what is set to be the biggest charity event the city’s hospitality industry has ever seen.


For full details of the event, register your interest or for more information please email or call Jane on 01565 631234.

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