People We've Helped: North

Vikki Taylor, Waitress

Kind and caring Vikki has worked in hospitality since she left college. Experienced in pub and bar work Vikki took on the role as...

Barry Petrie, Chef

Barry was a chef in the RAF for ten years but since leaving this role he has found it difficult to find a new...

Gillian McQueen Kendrick, Pub Manager

Gillian has worked in pubs from the age of eighteen. A popular landlady for a decade, when Gillian was diagnosed with cancer her world...

Martin Black, Training Assessor

Martin has worked in hospitality since he was 14 years old, from kitchen assistant to head chef Martin is currently a training assessor, giving...

Michelle Kaplan, Catering Assistant

Michelle worked in catering for 18 years before she was diagnosed with lymphoma, following a bowel resection. Currently undergoing a second cycle of chemotherapy,...

Dave Hartley, Chef

Dave has worked in pubs and restaurants for nearly 40 years. Working his way up from waiter to owner of a small restaurant, the...

Janet Halliwell, Housekeeper

When Janet turned to Hospitality Action for support we couldn’t say no. In Janet’s words: “I’m asking for help to set up a home...

Derek Chapman, Chef

Derek worked in catering for 20 years, from head chef to business owner. However a diagnosis relating to ADD and borderline Asperger’s Syndrome forced...

Raymond Freestone, General Manager

Raymond worked in hospitality, in both the UK and Africa, for over thirty years. He was a popular General Manager, much loved by his...

Emma Astwood, Housekeeper

Emma and her son moved to West Yorkshire leaving a troubled past behind them. Happy in her job as a housekeeper Emma was devastated...

Edna Bradshaw, Barmaid

Edna worked as a barmaid for over a decade. Now in her seventies Edna suffers from painful chronic osteoporosis of the hip and spine....

Robert Kisby, Chef, Cheshire

Robert was devastated when he lost his business after 38 years of working as a chef. Robert worked as a chef for over 38...
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