Restaurant group raises thousands

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We’re thanking The Gingerman Restaurant Group for their dedicated support to our cause over the past five years.

The award-winning restaurant group launched a long-term partnership with us back in 2011 and have since then gone on to raise over £60,000 towards our projects. Run by husband and wife Ben and Pamela McKellar, they own four restaurants including the Gingerman in Brighton, the Ginger Fox near Hassocks, the Ginger Pig in Hove and the Ginger Dog in Kemptown.

Together, they have raised money through a variety of fundraising initiatives, including an ongoing signature dish on their menus (they donate £1 from the sale of a dessert in each restaurant), displaying our collection tins in each of their sites, organising charity dinners at their restaurants and they also donate money-can’t-buy items which we are able to auction at our events.

The money they’ve raised helped build a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department (CED) at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton (Ben and Pamela are pictured with Steve Coogan above at the opening) and also funded a specialist pain distraction unit at the paediatric centre of excellence.

Ben McKellar, owner of The Gingerman Restaurant Group, says: “We feel our restaurants are part of the local community and I think that if you run a successful business and enjoy living in a great city like Brighton, it is important to give something back. I have small children myself (Grace, age 10 and Freddie, age 7) and when you become a parent, you worry all the time about them. When we decided to focus on one charity to really make a difference, our local children’s charity Rockinghorse was a logical step and we will continue to raise money for them and help in any way we can.”

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, we raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, as well as ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs. We also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in the neighbouring Royal Sussex County Hospital, and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) based at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, says: “We can’t thank Ben, Pamela and all the staff at The Gingerman Group enough for their outstanding support over the past five years. They have made such a huge contribution to our cause and enabled us to make a real difference to young patients treated at the Alex in Brighton. We look forward to continuing our work with them and funding more projects in the future.”

The Gingerman Restaurant Group will see some big changes over the next couple of years, starting with the conversion of the upper floors of The Ginger Pig restaurant in Hove. Ben McKellar explains: “We are transforming them into 11 hotel rooms which we are hoping to open later this year – we are also planning the long overdue Ginger Fish Project which we hope to start at the end of 2016 to open in 2017.” So it sounds like some exciting plans are in the pipeline, visit to find out more.

Businesses play a vital part in supporting local charities such as us and can provide a real boost to the cause. Corporate Social Responsibility (or CSR) is being recognised by more and more businesses in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex, enabling companies and its staff to engage with their local charities and help make a real difference.

To find out more about the work we do to support sick children in Sussex, please click here.

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