The ultimate staircase running challenge returns to London
April 2016: This June 3 the annual Mayfair Power & Tower Race will challenge runners with a gruelling 5km run around Hyde Park, followed by a dash up 28 flights of stairs to the incredible views of Galvin at Windows restaurant, where runners will be greeted with a champagne breakfast.
All the money raised by the race will go to support Galvin’s Chance, an into work programme for disadvantaged young people.
Galvin’s Chance was initiated by Chris Galvin and Fred Sirieix at Galvin at Windows restaurant in 2009. It targets people aged 18-24 who are not in education or employment, offering them training and opportunities for a front of house career in some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and food service management organisations in the capital. The project provides mentoring, work experience, skills training, paid employment and the potential to gain qualifications.
Galvin’s Chance is delivered through principal partnership arrangements with the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, a charity which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children across Europe; and The Springboard Charity, which supports unemployed people into work in the hospitality industry.
To find out more about the event and to sign up visit http://galvinschance.co.uk/mayfair-power-tower-race-2016/
Chocs for Chance 2016 raises incredible funds to support Galvin’s Chance
February 2016: Our online chocolate box auction “Chocs for Chance” returned for its second year this February, and the results were truly spectacular! Famous chefs and journalists created beautiful, one-of-a-kind chocolate boxes which were auctioned off on ebay over 10 days, with all proceeds from the auction supporting Galvin’s Chance.
This year 44 chefs took part in Chocs for Chance including household names like Marcus Wareing, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc. Top chocolatiers including Aneesh Popat and Paul A Young also donated their time and expertise, and journalists including the Guardian’s Stuart Heritage and food writer Tom Parker Bowles also turned their hand to chocolate making.
Support for this year’s campaign was overwhelming. The chocolate boxes created by our 44 chefs raised an incredible £10,000 for Galvin’s Chance and as you can see by the photos, the results were truly decadent.
We are so grateful to Chocs for Chance sponsors Bunzl catering, and supporters Valrhona and Keylink, as well as to all of our dedicated and hugely talented chefs for making the auction such a success. To find out more and to sign up to receive updates on future chocs for chance auctions, visit the chocs for chance website.
Galvin’s Chance founder receives prestigious award for charity work
January 2016: Congratulations to Fred Sirieix (pictured left), who was invited to the Palace of Westminster on 28 January to receive a British Citizen’s Award for his work with Galvin’s Chance. Since its commencement in 2009 Fred has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for Galvin’s Chance, and is always the first to put himself forward in fundraising events like the Mayfair Power and Tower Race and the current Chocs for Chance campaign. He is also seeking new ways to help support young people, and recently created a partnership with HM Prison Isis to run a pop-up restaurant there for young offenders, called The Right Course.
Congratulations Fred on winning this well-deserved award.