July 8th, 2014

Celebrity chef Aiden Byrne visits Brainwave for Disability Awareness Week

Celebrity chef Aiden Byrne visits Brainwave for Disability Awareness Week

The youngest ever chef to win a Michelin star, Aiden Byrne visited Birchwood-based Brainwave today [7 July] as part of Disability Awareness Week.

In recent years, Aiden has been a firm supporter of the children's Charity, which enables UK children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence, which can be anything from helping a child to walk or ride a bike, to recognising colours or to write their name. The children have a range of conditions including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome and rare genetic disorders.

Despite working hard to open his new fine dining experience late last year - the Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge, which became the subject of a BBC documentary - Aiden recently chose Brainwave as his Charity of Year and has since raised over £8,000 through The Church Green in Lymm (his gastro pub) for the Birchwood centre. This is enough to help two new children onto the programme.

During his visit, Aiden took the opportunity to catch up with the Brainwave team who support children through bespoke therapy programmes that are tailor made to meet their needs. He also had a chance to meet the families of three young children attending on the day: 18-month-old Sophia Holnes, 2-year-old Eva Abbrell and 9-year-old Lilly Halam.

Aiden said: ‘Family is very important to me and my wife Sarah, as is our local community and the people within it. When we were looking for a charity to support, we knew we wanted something that had some association to all of those elements, and Brainwave was the perfect choice. It's always an inspiration to visit Brainwave and see first-hand the great work they do.'

Brainwave Community Manager Joanne Freeman said: ‘On behalf of the families we support, I'd like to thank Aiden for all his hard work and generosity. His fundraising is making a huge difference to the children who visit our Birchwood Centre.'


Tags: Aiden Byrne, Brainwave, Disability Awareness Week, Manchester House
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