Chef’s 24-hour ‘dine and donate’ at Seckford Hall will support Cancer Research UK

The dine and donate team. From left, Carl Bowley, Richard Castle, Béla Osckai, Ross Walker, Ivan Wri

The dine and donate team. From left, Carl Bowley, Richard Castle, Béla Osckai, Ross Walker, Ivan Wright. Picture: CLAIRE SOULSBY - Credit: CLAIRE SOULSBY

A 24-hour cookathon will be held at a Suffolk hotel this summer to raise money towards the fight against cancer.

The dine and donate team. From left, Carl Bowley, Richard Castle, Béla Osckai, Ross Walker, Ivan Wri

The dine and donate team. From left, Carl Bowley, Richard Castle, Béla Osckai, Ross Walker, Ivan Wright. Picture: CLAIRE SOULSBY - Credit: CLAIRE SOULSBY

The “dine and donate” at Seckford Hall in Woodbridge is being organised by chef Carl Bowley and will support Cancer Research UK.

Mr Bowley, 30, plans to offer non-stop service from 6pm on June 3 until 6pm the following day, with help from a team of talented cooks.

Customers will be able to watch their meals being prepared on a TV screen in the restaurant from a camera in the kitchen.

Seckford Hall managers have also agreed to give a percentage of the bar takings to the cause.


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There will be raffles to raise extra cash with prizes including a private dining experience for six and wine and spa giveaways.

The team will also make hampers for homeless people.

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Mr Bowley said: “The reason I am doing this is that a couple of years ago my dad fell ill with throat cancer and I wasn’t around to even be there or support him but I did what I could.

“When I found out I was in another country and he was getting treatment. I was shocked and scared as I adore my father.

“Fortunately due to all the research that has been done to fight thus far my dad is in remission and has survived it but I have a aunty called Val and uncle called Alan that had their beautiful lives and souls taken away by cancer and it was devastating as my family hadn’t suffered loss like it before.”

Mr Bowley said he wanted to do as much as he could to support the battle against cancer during his lifetime.

He hopes the dine and donate will bring in at least £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Michael Chittenden, Seckford Hall owner, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with Carl’s epic challenge.

“Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so we’re excited to support Carl in his 24 hour cook-a-thon, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

“Carl is an incredible chef, and those that come down to support him will be treated to something rather special.”

To support Mr Bowley’s cause, visit his Just Giving page.

Anyone can turn up to the dine and donate on June 3, but people are advised to book in advance via the website or by phone on 01394 385678.

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