Leeds food fans urged to host a dinner party with a difference

Charity Dinner down Memory Lane for Marie Curie, at the Queens Hotel, Leeds..Pictured from the left are Linda Sibbons, Head Chef Paul Clarke and Kelan Mahon..23rd September 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Charity Dinner down Memory Lane for Marie Curie, at the Queens Hotel, Leeds..Pictured from the left are Linda Sibbons, Head Chef Paul Clarke and Kelan Mahon..23rd September 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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Cancer charity Marie Curie is calling on Leeds food fans to host a dinner party with a difference next month.

The charity wants Leeds folk to host a ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’, and instead of asking guests to bring a bottle or a dessert, ask for a donation instead.

In doing so, you will help support Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness, so that they can spend quality time with their loved ones.

Paul Clarke, Head Chef at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, is among those to throw support behind the campaign.

And Linda Sibbons, from north Leeds, staged a Dinner Down Memory Lane party last year. She decided to fundraise for the charity after her Mum, Anne Truckell, sadly lost her battle with cancer in June 2014.

Her Mum was looked after at home by Marie Curie nurses in her final days.

Linda explained: “I cannot speak highly enough of Marie Curie. Thanks to the dedication and care of the nurses, Mum was able to die peacefully in the comfort of her own home with her beloved cat at the end of the bed. Fundraising for Marie Curie gives me and my husband the peace of mind that other local people will benefit from the service.”

Linda added: “Our dinner party was a huge success and great fun was had by all. We based our menu on holiday memories as my Mum loved going away and playing a fundamental role in family gatherings. We served nibbles, spinach and feta tarts (Greece), baked Camembert (France), cheese and oatcakes (Scotland), rocky road (loved by all her grandchildren) and mini mince pies (Christmas family favourite).

“We then went on to stage a second event - a traditional Christmas dinner - with family and friends as my Mum liked nothing more than to gather people together during the festive period. My Mum would have been proud of the events as we raised almost £200. Dinner Down Memory Lane provides an amazing opportunity to enjoy a meal to remember for a cause that really matters.”

Jennifer Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, said, “We all love getting together with friends and family, having fun and creating new memories - Dinner Down Memory Lane is all about doing just that. It’s the perfect excuse to share good food and good times with your loved ones for a great cause. By inviting your guests to make a donation, you’ll be supporting Marie Curie Nurses at the same time.”

So dig out a family favourite or create a modern masterpiece - anything goes – just be the host with the most by creating a meal to remember for a cause that matters this October in aid of Marie Curie.

To sign up and get your free fundraising pack visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dinner or call 0845 052 4184.

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