When Denise contacted the Hospitality Action fundraising team to let us know she was cycling London to Paris on our behalf we felt we had to share her story. In just under six months Denise will undertake this gruelling challenge and will need to summon all her strength and determination to ensure she crosses the finish line over 300 miles away.
Denise says: “My husband Paul became a chef at 15 and felt like he had found his calling. He became one of the youngest Master Chefs at 23 and worked in some of Scotland’s best hotels. He was a fun and fantastic mentor, a calm and fair boss and was well liked and respected by all who met him. Despite regularly working 60-90 hours a week Paul loved his industry and talked food 24/7. Tragically the pressures of the job got too much and Paul passed away last September.
When eating out or perhaps staying in a lovely hotel we do not give much thought to those behind the scenes who provide us with comfort and luxury, however they often work long hours and in stressful conditions foregoing on the normal family life and interests the rest of us take for granted. In memory of Paul, and to give myself a focus, I am taking part in this epic challenge and hope to raise both funds and awareness for Hospitality Action.”
Needless to say we are so very grateful to Denise for committing to this all encompassing challenge. She faces countless hours of training and an unforgiving fitness regime in order to take part. The cycle will be especially emotional for Denise as it will also mark the one year anniversary of Paul’s passing but we know she can do it and will be there every step of the way to support her. If you’d also like to show Denise your support please take a moment to visit her Just Giving page to donate what you can: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-purves
Alternatively if you’d like to take part in your own challenge event, for any reason, please give me a ring on: 020 3004 5504 to talk over the many options available.