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Birmingham Michelin Chef to Jump 13,000 feet for local Charity!

Chef Richard Turner opening QAC Cafe Recently

Chef Richard Turner opening QAC Cafe Recently

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is gearing up ready for this year’s annual skydive, taking place in a few weeks time. The event is a regular in the charity’s fundraising calendar, with staff and supporters daring themselves to jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet.

This year, they are excited to be welcoming Michelin Chef Richard Turner, of Turners in Harborne, onto ‘Team QAC’ as one of the daredevil jumpers taking part. Earlier in the year Richard visited Queen Alexandra College (QAC) to open one of their new facilities – a café and therapy centre – and judge a student cake decorating competition. Since then he has been keen to get involved and do something to support the college, working with the fundraising team to make something happen.

He was hoping to take part in a June cycling fundraiser but circumstances were against him, so he signed up to the skydive instead. Although some might see the event as an exciting adrenalin rush, for Richard this event poses much more of a personal challenge due to his immense fear of heights. Talking about the challenge he says ‘I have issues on the top floor of the Bull Ring because it’s so high up.I can’t imagine what I’m going to be like in a plane at 13,000 feet in the sky!’

Despite the nerves, Richard knows the challenge is worth it. ‘When I visited QAC is could see it is a great place and does incredible work with the students and clients. The atmosphere is extremely positive and focuses on what people with disabilities can do, not what they can’t. That’s why I want to be involved’. he continued ‘People often tell me to ‘go jump’ so now it is their chance to make sure I do, and sponsor it’ for a worthy cause’

QAC is a national charity for people with disabilities such as vision impairment, Autism and physical disabilities. The college, based in Harborne, Birmingham, offers challenging learning opportunities for people with disabilities to realise their potential to work and live independently.

Richard will be joining fellow ‘Team QAC’ members taking part in the challenge, with sponsorship going towards QAC’s ‘Fit for the Future’ Sports Hall campaign to raise money to enhance sports provision at the college – an important activity for many of its 170 students.

Hugh Williams, Principal at the college says “as a charity we rely on the support and generosity for our volunteers and donors to help us provide the best opportunities and facilities for our students. To have Richard, someone from the local community, onboard and supporting us is fantastic.”

To help Support Chef Richard Turner and his Charity Jump visit http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/chef-richard-turner-charity.html

For more information about Queen Alexandra College and how you can support Richard and ‘Team QAC’ please contact Sarah Caldwell, Fundraising Co-Ordinator on 0121 428 5064 or scaldwell@qac.ac.uk

 

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