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Chef lecturers and Apprentices

Doug Joined the Chef lecturers and Apprentices at the University of West London to do an event in Honour of one of their past students who tragically took his own life. Gregg Brown, who organised the event got everyone together for this important event. 

The family of Arun joined us, as well as a huge host of industry professionals for a sit down meal and a talk to help raise awareness around the impact that mental health is having in our industry.

It was a relatively emotional evening and a had a great impact. Thank you to everyone who came!

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We cannot do this alone! Together, we can create a community of like-minded professionals united by a common cause: to shine a light on these issues and act as a beacon of support to those affected by them.

Contact us at info@pilotlightcampaign.co.uk to continue this conversation.