Simon launches Francis House fundraising partnership in milestone year

Simon Rimmer and Greens Restaurant officially launch 30th birthday celebrations in support of Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Simon Rimmer Simon Connolly

Simon Rimmer and Simon Connolly of Greens Restaurant

(By Karen Flower on March 6, 2020)

Official launch

TV chef Simon Rimmer and business partner Simon Connolly, owners of gastro vegetarian restaurant Greens, have cooked up a plan to celebrate thirty years in business whilst supporting Francis House Children’s Hospice.

The fundraising partnership was officially launched at a charity dinner held last night at the award-winning restaurant in West Didsbury. A delicious three-course meal including truffle mushroom wellington with colcannon mash followed by Greens famous cheesecake, was served to a full house of more than 70 enthusiastic diners.

The Sunday Brunch presenter said: “When we opened Greens thirty years ago, we could never had imagined that we’d be planning this birthday year of celebrations and the fantastic journey that we’ve been on.

“We wanted to share our anniversary by giving something back to the community, and Francis House is a local charity that does brilliant work.

“If you ever get the chance to visit the hospice on an open day it is an amazing place.”

“Greens has been working with Francis House for approximately ten years and we’re massively proud to be working alongside them. It’s our way of saying thank you to them for the incredible work that they do for all the people that pass through their doors. "

Simon Rimmer, Sunday Brunch presenter and chef

Guest chefs

The Lapwing Lane eatery is hosting a series of celebratory events throughout 2020, including a series of exclusive gourmet evenings with specially invited guest chefs.

The next event on March 10, has already sold out. Restaurateur Gary Usher, from Hispi and Burnt Truffle is set to join Simon in cooking up a first class offering of vegetarian cuisine.

Future activity includes an English food and wine matching event on April 23, and two mystery guest chef nights planned for the summer months.

The events are expected to sell out fast by offering diners a unique experience of exceptional food produced by internationally recognised chefs including Tom Kerridge provisionally booked on Sept 8.

“It will be pot-luck how people can get tickets but that will be a beast of a night,” said Simon.

Money will be raised for the hospice through raffles and a percentage of the proceeds from the celebratory events.

The March 5 evening at Greens raised £1,502.

Diners at Greens Restaurant

An evening at Greens Restaurant in aid of Francis House

We are thrilled that Simon and the team at Greens approached us to join them in celebrating their thirtieth year. We are delighted to have been chosen as their birthday partner.
Coincidentally, Francis House became a registered charity thirty years ago in 1990, so it is even more fitting that they wanted to partner with us in their exciting year.”

Lucy Thompson, event manager at Francis House

In 2017, Simon opened the new kitchen at the hospice on Parrswood Road, Didsbury. After serving thousands of meals to families for more than 25 years, the kitchen underwent a full refurbishment to aid with food preparation. All meals and accommodation at the hospice are provided free to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions during short stays of respite care.

Based in Didsbury, Francis House provides care and support to more than 500 families from across Greater Manchester. Sibling support, homecare and emotional support are among the services offered by the charity that needs to raise £12,900 every day.

To find out more about the events join the Greens mailing list via their website

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