Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell cooked up a treat for 350 guests as he helped Cure Leukaemia reward their finest fundraisers from the past year in a hugely successful evening.
The 'Yummy Brummie', as the city-based chef is known, took to the stage to prepare and serve a sumptuous gourmet meal with sporting stars Darren Purse, Matt Murray, Lee Hendrie and Dougie Brown which was then served to his audience during a night of fun and laughter at Aston Villa Football Club.
Glynn's Friday Night Kitchen saw Glynn prepare a 3-course meal based on recipes from his latest book, following the model of the popular BBC 1 cooking show 'Saturday Kitchen' as his eager audience looked on. The food was simultaneously cooked backstage by staff at Villa's VMF restaurant, under the guidance of Villa's Executive Chef Peter Reed, and then served to a packed out Holte Suite.
The evening also recognised the contribution of those who work tirelessly to help Cure Leukaemia in its' battle to find a cure for blood cancers. A series of awards sponsored by local businesses and partners, were presented by Professor Charlie Craddock to six delighted yet surprised winners!
The Chairman's Champion - sponsored by Stirling Business Solutions & Rudell the Jewellers
Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland - The heroic pair of rowers were honoured with the most prestigous award on the evening for their brave 3,000mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean raising over £100,000 for Cure Leukaemia.
The 27-year-olds were also rewarded for the epic 50-day achievement by being made patrons of Cure Leukaemia earlier in the year.
Fundraiser of the Year - sponsored by OGL Computer & Rudell the Jewellers
Neil Carpenter - Neil from Solihull raised over £18,000 for Cure Leukaemia when he single-handedly organised a gala dinner at St. John’s Hotel in memory of his late wife Vanessa.
He was inspired to help those who had helped his brave wife who sadly died of leukaemia in March 2013 following a 13 year battle with leukaemia.
Wackiest Fundraiser of the Year - sponsored by Elonex Outdoor Media & Rudell the Jewellers
Adam Joyce and the West Midlands Fire Service - Former leukaemia patient Adam was instrumental in organising two events for Cure Leukaemia the past 12 months.
In October 2013 he was part of a 20+ strong team of firefighters who ran the Great Birmingham Run in full uniform, raising more than £10,000 and last month they ran for 50 consecutive hours in a human hamster wheel located in Brindleyplace raising more than £7,000.
Cure Leukaemia Champion of the Year sponsored by Rudell The Jewellers
Katherine Sinfield - Katherine was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2013 and is now happily in remission.
Since diagnosis she has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for Cure Leukaemia through her huge social media following and also organising a number of fundraisers, raising more than £2,000. Katherine was also shortlisted by ITV Central for a Pride of Britain award but just missed out on the major prize.
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Succeed & Rudell the Jewellers
Helen Catchpowle - Helen, 26, from Stourbridge, works for Clevercherry and has been helping the charity for more than five years.
She has been a key volunteer of events including the Great Birmingham Run, the Club Legends Cup and the awards dinner itself, she was thrilled and more notably surprised to be recognised for her tireless efforts.
Corporate Partner Fundraiser sponsored by Deloitte & Rudell the Jewellers
Jemma Gibbard - Jemma was instrumental in introducing financial services company Deloitte to the work of Cure Leukaemia and helped persuade her city-based employer they should adopt it as their chosen charity.
Deloitte has since raised over £50,000 for Cure Leukaemia with Jemma playing her part too, raising over £2,500 running in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run in 2013 and 2014.
The event has proved so successful it will be returning once again in 2015 on Friday 2nd October! If you would like to register your interest, you can do so by emailing Jackie@CureLeukaemia.co.uk