Our favourite Italian TV chef extraordinaire Gino D’Acampo has been a big supporter of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity since meeting patients caught up in the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.
He chose to make them his nominated charity when My Pizza & Prosecco Bar in Manchester’s Arndale launched that year, and recent pictures of him meeting the young children have been warming our hearts…
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is an incredible organisation; what the charity does to make a positive difference to young children and their families’ lives, is truly humbling” Gino says.
Among those who Gino chatted to was 11-year-old Ollie and mum Michaela Hatchell from Wythenshawe. Ollie said: “They got chatting about pizza and Ollie told Gino his favourite topping was chicken. He loved meeting him and having his picture taken with him.”
The chef also met Faith, who spoke to Gino about the popular TV show FRIENDS, which her parents had brought into the ward for her to watch. Mum Michelle James said: “It brought a big smile to her face.”
Gino has previously donated £10,000 to the charity following the creation of his special Humphrey Granny Smith Martini cocktail and mocktail, from which £1 of every sale went to the charity. The father-of-three also donated £1 from the sale of every margherita pizza.
During the visit to Starlight he brought along a further £3,000, taking his total amount donated to £13,000.
Gino has now launched a new range of smoothies, including Phillip’s Feel-good Factor and Bunton’s Beetroot Boogie. Celebrity friends including Emma Bunton, Keith Lemon and Phillip Schofield came up with the recipes and each drink is named after their famous creator. The generous chef will be donating 50p of each smoothie sale to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
The support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity means the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.
So lovely, good on you Gino!