Star chef White back in Yorks for fundraiser

Top TV chef Marco Pierre White came back to his Yorkshire roots to support a breast cancer charity and enjoy a posh lunch.

Leeds born Pierre White returned to the county and to where his career began, The Box Tree in Ilkley, for a special fundraising lunch for The Haven, a national breast cancer support service.

The event at the Michelin starred restaurant, aims to help The Haven support more people with breast cancer as the incidence of the disease increases.

One in eight women are expected to contract the disease. This equates to an additional 625 people in Yorkshire being diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

The Haven, a national charity with a centre in Leeds, as well as in London and Hereford, provides support to women and men with breast cancer. It offers a wide range of therapies, completely free of charge, to help Visitors cope with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer and its treatment.

Marco Pierre White came from London to support his long-term friend and business partner, Simon Gueller, who threw the exclusive lunch in honour of the charity.

Marco said: "As a Yorkshireman I am incredibly proud to support The Haven in the region.

"The Haven provides an incredibly valuable service to people with breast cancer and with more people being diagnosed with the disease it is vital for them to be able to access the support to help them and their families cope."

All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Haven, allowing it to support more Visitors from Yorkshire and beyond.

Since opening in October 2008, more than 850 people have benefitted

from The Haven's programme of support, with Visitors coming from as far afield as Derby and Newcastle.

Clair Challenor Chadwick, Yorkshire fundraising manager, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Marco, Simon and the team at The Box Tree for hosting this event which raised much needed funds to help us to continue supporting visitors at the haven."

* For more details or to help with fundraising contact Clair Challenor Chadwick Clair.chadwick@thehaven.org.uk or visit www.thehaven.org.uk or call 0113 284 7800.

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