Professional Cookery Students, Ashleigh Reeve, James Barnes, Megan Bunn, Ruby-Mae Elsden, and Shaun Palmer wanted to do something to help young people whose lives are affected by cancer – and using their cooking skills, and front of house restaurant service experience, seemed the perfect way to do this.
Students were assisted by City College Norwich staff Sue Kesseck, Cindy McCann, and Jennifer Lloyd. Dereham-based Accurate Data Services generously paid for all the ingredients for the fish and chips-based menu, whilst other local businesses and individuals supported the fundraiser with donations of auction and raffle prizes.
The restaurant was jam packed for the event last Friday, with 76 guests enjoying the delicious food, a fun quiz, auction, and raffle.James Barnes, 17, from Fakenham, said:
"The night went really well. Everyone seemed as though they were enjoying themselves and we all enjoyed doing it."
Ashleigh Reeve, 17, from Ashwellthorpe, added:
"I'm very happy with the final amount we have raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust. I'm glad we've been able to support this charity, because it could be someone I know who needs them next."
Sue Kesseck, Course leader/Lecturer Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs/Cookery, was full of praise for the students' efforts:
"They were amazing! Seventy-six is a lot of people to cater for. I can't thank the students enough, they did a brilliant job. It is wonderful to see young people raising money for their peers."