Banquet raises £500,000 in memory of Living Ventures founder

The original driving force behind bar and restaurant chain Living Ventures has been remembered with a city-wide fundraising banquet.

The night in honour of Tim Bacon saw eight of his city centre restaurants take part in the Dream the Impossible charity banquet - before a party at Albert Hall with Beverley Knight.

The total amount raised on the night was more than £500,000, with the money going to the Tim Bacon Foundation’s inaugural appeal for Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres which provide much needed care for cancer patients.

Bacon passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.

Jeremy Roberts CEO of Living Ventures and chair of The Foundation said: “The aim of Dream the Impossible was to celebrate Tim’s life and raise a huge amount of money for the Foundation.

"I am delighted to say we achieved both aims and had an amazing night. I cannot thank everyone who has supported this event enough, from my colleagues at Living Ventures in organising it, our amazing suppliers and sponsors and everyone that attended, it has been humbling to receive such goodwill from so many people in Manchester and from the wider hospitality industry. The money raised will really help make a difference to so many cancer patients.”