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5th November 2013
“The Community Foundation in Wales began the week on Anglesey celebrating the philanthropic work of the Timpson Foundation as well as the work of other philanthropists across the island and North Wales.
The event took place at the Oyster Catcher restaurant in Rhosneigr, Anglesey. This social enterprise has gone from strength to strength as a business whilst also providing training and work opportunities for young people in the local area. Guests were treated to the Cadet Menu, a special five course lunch completely designed, cooked and presented by the trainee chefs, or Cadets as they are known in the project. These five young people were in their second year of training at the Oyster Catcher, which also works closely with Coleg Menai to provide first class training and broader support for these young aspiring chefs. Many have gone on to work in some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants and the five young chefs at the event were full of enthusiasm and excitement for their own careers in the industry.
Thanks to the investment of the Timpson Foundation this project has become one of Anglesey’s most popular dining venues whilst also changing the lives of an annual cohort of around 18 new trainees each year.
The lunch was also a chance to celebrate the work of other philanthropists on the island, including Ken and Lorraine Grayson of Peninsula Home Improvements who’ve increasingly put corporate social responsibility at the heart of the business strategy, leading the way for the small local business as a beacon of corporate philanthropy. In today's challenging economic market Ken and Lorraine have recognised how supporting communities can position the business ahead of its competitors and also be hugely rewarding for employees who get involved, as well as being immeasurably rewarding on a personal level.
Anglesey AM Mr Rhun ap Iorwerth attended and praised the work of these local philanthropists and their investment in the local community. The Foundation was also joined by Elinor Bennett who is the Fund for Wales ambassador, for more information on the Fund for Wales please visit www.fundforwales.org.uk
If you would like more information about the Oyster Catcher restaurant please visit their website
And for further details about Philanthropy Week Wales, please see the Community Foundation in Wales' website