FATBOY Slim used to draw a crowd, but today the DJ was busy in the kitchen rallying support for a hospice charity.
The superstar served fish and chips at the Big Beach Café in Hove Lagoon to raise money for the Brighton-based Martlets charity and celebrate National Fish and Chips Day.
Fatboy, real name Norman Cook, posed with a plate of crispy cod and a mountain of crisps he made himself in the kitchen.
The hitmaker and the Martlets are calling on supporters to celebrate the country’s favorite take-out by donating the prize of a crisp dinner to the charity.
Norman, who is an ambassador for the charity, said the creation of the campaign was a testament to the hard work of staff during a difficult year.
He told The Argus: “It’s a bit quirky and while fish and chips isn’t exactly gourmet food, there’s something uniquely British about them.
“It was just a way to connect because we can’t have physical events, so it’s just a way to connect with the community and raise money for a good cause.
“Most of the events that I’m usually involved with, we haven’t been able to do in the last year and a half. Of course we have to fundraise, but no one has been allowed in the hospice for all the time that Covid is there.
“But it’s just a way to reach out and remind people that we’re still here.”
Martlets provides end-of-life care and patient support at its hospice in Hove.
Service manager Graham Turner said that meant helping people make the most of their time – and that includes take-out fish and chips – even in the Martlets inpatient unit.
He said: “Across our community, Martlets cares for terminally ill patients and supports their families at home and also in our specialist inpatient unit in Hove.
“Despite having to deal with Covid-19, the inpatient unit has a wonderful atmosphere and although we are patients with life-limiting illnesses, we want to celebrate life and families cherish the time they spend together in a relaxed environment.
“Before Covid-19, we even hosted weddings in our hospice and encouraged families to bring their beloved pets to visit.
“We were also able to organize family celebrations with loved ones enjoying a beer or a glass of wine (or two) and ordering take out food.
“We’re very happy to be able to offer our take-out again – and of course people here still love a lively seaside fish and chip dinner like we do.”
Newhaven Fish and Chips in Portslade are providing support by setting up collection boxes in their stores and creating showcases.
Martlets also has a “chip in” page on their website, visit www.martlets.org.uk/fish-and-chip-day to donate.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-04 19:30:00