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International Womens Day Hospitality Helps Launch

The 8th March International Women’s Day saw the launch of Hospitality Helps.  120 hospitality personnel joined ourselves and Prevent Breast Cancer at Australasia for breakfast to hear about the new Breast Imaging Academy at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The Academy will bridge the gap and address the severe shortage of breast imagers in the UK.  Joining us to share their inspirational stories about Breast Cancer were Sally Dynevor, Candy Ekanoye and Rebecca Hartley.  

Andy Burnham also joined us giving his personal account of how Breast Cancer has touched his family and highlighted the need for the Academy for future generations.

We would like the Hospitality of Manchester to join forces and together raise money to help this cause. 

To read more about the Breast Imaging Academy please go to National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) I Prevent Breast Cancer

If you or your business are interested in getting involved then please go to Hospitality Helps – Register Your Interest

Hospitality Helps – Prevent Breast Cancer

We have launched a new initiative – Hospitality Helps – aiming to bring hospitality businesses across the northwest region together to fundraise for cancer charities working in the area. Its first charity partner will be Prevent Breast Cancer, the only UK charity focused on prediction and prevention of the disease. 

Around 55,000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer in the country. That includes around 10,000 aged under 50 who are diagnosed with the disease every year. With over 3.2 million people working in the hospitality sector nationally – of whom 60 per cent are women – breast cancer has the potential to impact tens of thousands of hospitality workers across the UK. 

Hospitality Helps will be an ongoing initiative organised by the Tim Bacon Foundation aimed at harnessing the power of the hospitality sector to support regional good causes. It will be launched on Friday 8 March – International Women’s Day – at Australasia in Manchester city centre, with the support of the Manchester Hospitality Network. 

The Foundation’s founder Jeremy Roberts explained: “The hospitality industry has a long and rich history of helping make our world a better place. Supporting charities and helping influence  amazing cities and towns were both close to Tim’s heart and have always been a key focus for the Foundation. I’m delighted to launch this new initiative aimed at encouraging the sector to join forces and make a huge difference to some really exciting and ambitious charities over the coming years.”

Jeremy continued: “Prevent Breast Cancer is a national charity with its roots in Manchester which is doing incredibly important work to better understand how breast cancer develops and what we can do to stop it from occurring. The figures are stark: over 55,000 women are diagnosed a year, of whom thousands are younger than 50 – the age at which mammogram screening begins. The hospitality sector relies on a young workforce, many of whom are women, and it’s therefore doubly important that we support this charity in its life-saving work.”

Prevent Breast Cancer is currently fundraising to build a new National Breast Imaging Academy which will be based in Manchester and which will train the next generation of breast imaging specialists across the UK. Chief Executive Nikki Barraclough said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and it’s increasingly affecting women at a younger age. It’s essential that NHS screening services are protected to allow for prompt examination and diagnosis if women are to stand a better chance of survival, which is exactly what the National Breast Imaging Academy will do by training more specialists to scan breasts and read the results. 

“This is a huge project and having the support of the northwest hospitality industry is incredible, both in terms of helping us reach our ambitious fundraising target but also by educating more people about the charity and what it does,” added Nikki.

Hospitality Helps will ask restaurateurs, bars, hotels, cafes and other hospitality venues to support the charity at some point in 2024 in any way they can – ranging from a discretionary £1 donation on the bill to proceeds from the sales of dedicated menu items or bespoke events and activities.


If you can’t come to the event go here and register your interest to being part of Hospitality Helps.


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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