BaxterStorey’s executive head chef, Frank Coughlan, has raised an impressive £21,000 for The Springboard Charity, following a black tie event at Arora Hotel Gatwick in Crawley.
The charity dinner was the culmination of several months of fundraising for Mr Coughlan (pictured second left), who initially set himself a target of £3,500.
Mr Coughlan oversees the British Airways Lounge contract across the UK, but throughout this 30-plus year career has been head chef at various high profile venues in the UK including football arenas. He has more than 40 catering awards to his name.
In March he participated on the annual Springboard Trek, which this year took place in Vietnam and involved a five-day hike and participating in a community project to rebuild a school in the Ham Yen province.
“Seeing the smiles on the face of the children in the school that literally have nothing was the best part. It was hard work but worth all the effort made some great friends and made a difference to children in Vietnam,” said Mr Coughlan.
The Springboard Trek aims to raise £135,000 in total, all of which will go to The Springboard Charity. The money will be used to support people across the UK who face hardship and difficulties, giving them a chance to join one of the charity’s life-changing programmes and find sustainable employment within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me raise so much money for such a worthy cause. It has spurred me on knowing that every penny I’ve raised will be used to help disadvantaged people across the UK who are struggling to gain employment,” added Mr Coughlan.