Top restaurant hosting gala night in aid of OLLIE charity

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 September 2018

Phil Thompson with Verity Bramwell from The OLLIE Foundation.

Phil Thompson with Verity Bramwell from The OLLIE Foundation.

Jeremy Banks Photography

A special dinner event to raise money for a suicide awareness charity is being held at a St Albans restaurant.

The OLLIE Foundation has partnered with award-winning business networking group, Platinum Point, to host a three-course dinner at Thompson’s on October 24 and raise funds for the vital training courses they offer.

Jeremy Banks, a member of Platinum Point, is co-ordinating the group’s fundraising efforts, which will be supporting the charity throughout the year: “Every parent dreads the nightmare of their children facing severe depression and not knowing how to help them get through it. The children may suffer in silence until it’s too late for anyone to give them the help they need.

“At Platinum Point we want to raise as much money as we can, to ensure that The OLLIE Foundation can reach out to as many people who need their support as possible.

“Head chef and owner Phil Thompson, has generously given us his restaurant for a sumptuous three-course dinner, including tasty canapés.”

There are 96 seats available at the Hatfield Road restaurant at £58 per person. This includes a £20 donation direct to The OLLIE Foundation.

“It’ll be a great night out and we are hoping that many people from the local community will join us to raise much needed funds for this important cause.”

OLLIE Foundation coordinator Verity Bramwell said: “We really appreciate the support we receive from groups such as Platinum Point and local businesses.

“Platinum Point’s members have so much to offer us in terms of their services and fundraising initiatives. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming year on fundraising and raising awareness of the cause.”

The OLLIE Foundation, which stands for One Life Lost Is Enough, was established in 2016 by three parents had lost their teenage sons to suicide and swore to prevent other families suffering from similar tragedies. The Foundation has already established a large presence in St. Albans and Harpenden by offering suicide prevention training courses, which are available to anyone, including teachers, parents and students.

To book for the charity meal, ring Esther Strous on 01727 730777.

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