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Cycling chef aims to cook up cash for charity

Ian Hughes 28th Apr, 2018

A CYCLING chef at Stratford College is aiming to cook up cash for a cancer fighting charity.

Dave Saul, catering lecturer at the college, has teamed-up with Stratford-based Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) to serve up the themed five-course menu, CFC Race Across America Dinner, to raise money to enable children and young people living with cancer to rebuild their strength and confidence.

Dave will be dishing up in the college’s Academy Restaurant on Thursday May 17. from 6.45pm.

A keen cyclist, Dave found himself inspired to organise the event after he signed up as support crew, including acting as chef and driver, for CFC’s upcoming Race Across America attempt.

The gruelling race will see CFC’s four-strong team compete in the 24-hour-a-day seven-day relay from California to Maryland – around 2,800 miles.

The route traverses three major mountain ranges, crosses four of America’s longest rivers, and passes through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.

Dave said: “I chose to support CFC because I’ve had various family members who have been affected by cancer.

“As a parent, I can’t imagine anything worse than having one of your children diagnosed with cancer. I’m immensely proud of the students for getting behind the project with such enthusiasm and dedication.”

In honour of Race Across America, the dinner will follow a culinary journey that reflects five of the twelve states the riders will travel through, with courses influenced by Virginia, California, Arizona, Kansas and Maryland.

All proceeds will go directly to CFC as the race is fully funded by the charity’s sponsors LifePlus Europe. CFC has a target of raising £100,000 which will support 21 children’s oncology units throughout the UK, providing services such as bikes and specialist rehabilitation equipment to help young people fighting cancer regain their physical fitness.”

CFC founder Mike Gristenthwaite said: “We’re delighted that Stratford College will be supporting us with a CFC charity dinner. It really is wonderful for staff and students to give up their time to help children and teenagers living with and beyond cancer.”

Visit to book tickets for the CFC Race Across America Dinner.

Visit to donate to CFC’s Race Across America challenge.


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