Gusto raises more than £50,000 for Tim Bacon Foundation

Tim Bacon
09/02/2018 - 10:10
UK casual dining operator Gusto has raised more than £50,000 for the Tim Bacon Foundation.

The group’s 19 Italian restaurants raised the money by collecting donations from diners last month.

Tim Bacon was the co-founder and chairman of Living Ventures, the restaurant group which established the Gusto brand in 2005 before its sale to Palatine Private Equity in 2014.

He is widely credited in helping to establish Gusto as a national brand, as well as other bar and restaurant groups such as The Alchemist, The Botanist and Living Room.

After Bacon sadly passed away in April 2016 following many years of living with cancer, Living Ventures established the Tim Bacon Foundation to support cancel charities.

This year, the charity is specifically helping raise funds for the new Proton Beam Therapy Centre at The Christie Manchester, scheduled to be up and running for patient use in August this year.

Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy which can very precisely target certain cancers, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects

“Tim’s legacy lives on in everything we do at Gusto,” said Gusto managing director Sue Crimes. “Tim was pioneering, passionate and above all brave. We wanted to celebrate Tim’s contribution in establishing Gusto by asking our diners for a small donation.

“It was an outstanding testament to his legacy that more than 50,000 Gusto diners across the UK each donated. I cannot thank everyone who has supported this enough; it has been so humbling to receive such goodwill from so many people.

“Tim would have been thrilled to hear that the high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS will open at the Christie Hospital in Manchester this year, allowing patients in the UK to access an important treatment for life-threatening cancers.

“Every penny counts and the money raised at Gusto will help make a huge difference to cancer patients.  I am so grateful to the Gusto staff and customers for helping to raise such a significant amount ”

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