Posted on Tuesday 16 July 2013 by Ulster Business

BBQ

Ryan McFarland (Bacardi Brown-Forman) Vanessa Elder (Chest Heart & Stroke), Nicola Daly (Hospitality Review NI) and James McGinn (Hastings Europa Hotel)

Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry downed tools earlier this month for a BBQ organised by leading trade publication Hospitality Review raising money for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

The Hudson Bar on Belfast’s Gresham Street threw its doors open in aid of the event as two hundred chefs, waiters and bar tenders from across the province took over the city centre venue supported by the industry’s suppliers.

Nicola Daly, manager of Hospitality Review said, “The first Hospitality Review BBQ was a major success.  It was a great to see so many faces from right across the industry that took time out of their busy schedules to attend, especially compere for the evening James McGinn, general manager of the Europa.

I am delighted that we received support from so many suppliers that enabled the event to have no overheads thus raising a considerable amount of money for charity”.

The barbeque was supported by Bacardi, GDK drinks, Crossgar and Hendersons among others who provided their products free of charge raising £3300 for NICHS, a medical charity working for the prevention and alleviation of chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland.  These illnesses account for more than 6,000 deaths every year.

Vanessa Elder, Fundraising Manager at Chest Heart & Stroke said "We are delighted that the hospitality industry turned out to support NI Chest Heart and Stroke in raising this fantastic amount!  I would like to thank all those people who gave so generously on the night, as well as congratulating and thanking Nicola Daly and her team on a brilliant night which raised over £3,000! This amazing amount will go towards helping local people affected by these life-shattering illnesses”

Due to the success of the event organisers hope it will be an annual event.

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