Celebrity chef Nigel Haworth to speak at East Lancashire Hospice fund-raiser

Nigel Howarth
Nigel Howarth

MICHELIN starred chef Nigel Haworth is the special guest at the second of East Lancashire Hospice’s “Afternoons of Inspirations” events.

His appearance next Thursday (September 20th) follows that of fellow Ribble Valley personality Sheena Byrom OBE at the hospice’s highly successful debut event earlier this year, when the Whalley-based midwife turned author talked about her career and the runaway success of her bestselling book “Catching Babies”.

With a tough act to follow, Nigel Haworth – joint managing director of Northcote, at Langho, and Ribble Valley Inns – will talk about his background and the culinary journey that has led him to great success in the industry and brought his status as a “celebrity chef”.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the conservatory at the hospice in Park Lee Road, Blackburn, and will also include a talk from a couple who are prolific fund-raisers for the hospice. They not only volunteer there, but also organise all manner of events from barbecues to quiz nights and discos. They have a strong personal motivation for supporting the hospice, which they will explain to the audience.

Those attending will also be offered a tour of the hospice, including its two new buildings which house a bereavement support service drop-in centre (Seigleman House) and the fund-raising department (Merton House). These buildings are named after Dr Merton Seigleman who founded the hospice in 1984 fulfilling his vision to provide pain-free and dignified care to people in the final stages of their life.

Tickets to next Thursday’s Afternoons of Inspiration event cost just £10 including bubbly and canapés on arrival and tea and cupcakes afterwards. They are available by calling the hospice on 01254 733412. There will also be a raffle on the day.

The “Afternoons of Inspiration” series of events was introduced to highlight the stories behind our local heroes, but also as a way of opening the hospice’s doors to the copmmunities it serves and inviting people in who might not otherwise be aware of the hospice and the vital work it does.