A new charity campaign will launch this week with the help of top Edinburgh chef Gavin Elden.
The Dine&Donate campaign, in aid of Victim Support Scotland, will encourage people from across the country to take to their kitchens and host an event to raise cash for young victims of crime across Scotland.
Gavin Elden, head chef at the critically-acclaimed The Tower Restaurant in Edinburgh, will host a cooking master class at Edinburgh’s Chalon Kitchens’ showroom on Wednesday, 24 March at 5.30pm to kick-off the campaign.
Maureen McKellar, fundraising campaign manager for Dine&Donate, said: “We hope the campaign will capture the imagination of the public and inspire them to raise money for a worthy cause.
“All donations to the campaign will go towards setting up an online support service for young victims of crime across Scotland.
“The campaign asks participants to host an event, big or small, and instead of guests bringing a bottle of wine or a gift for the host they will instead be asked to make a donation to Dine&Donate. Some guests may even decide to donate ‘payment’ for their food as they would in a restaurant.”
The campaign comes on the back of the huge success of TV programmes like Channel 4’s, Come Dine With Me, BBC Two’s, Restaurant in Your Home, and Virgin1’s, Restaurant in Our Living Room, where everyday people throw open their doors to strangers to host a dinner party or set up a restaurant in their front room.
Maureen continued: “With such interest in hosting dinner parties – and food and entertaining in general – we hope people will take this as an opportunity to get involved with charity in a really easy and enjoyable way.
“Taking part doesn’t even need to be a formal dinner party, if you’re more culinarily-challenged than master chef you could do something as simple as a lazy Sunday brunch with the girls, pizza and beers with your mates, host a classic afternoon tea or even a barbeque in the garden. It’s really all about getting people together and having some fun for a great cause.”
All funds raised by the campaign will allow Victim Support Scotland to develop an online support service for young victims of crime.