Celebrity chef visits Heanor

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Celebrity chef Mark Lloyd hosted a reception in Heanor thanking fundraisers and encouraging crucial support for NORSACA, the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands.

On Tuesday, September 9 NORSACA’s Mundy Street Day Service welcomed guests from across Derbyshire for an evening of networking and culinary demonstrations with the TV chef.

Mark said of his support for the charity: “There’s no set recipe for helping someone who has autism. But the work NORSACA does is crucial for local families who otherwise might not get the level of support they need.

“That’s why it was so great to see so many people at the event that had done all manner of things to raise money for the charity.”

Mark’s TV career began on TV show River Cottage during his tenure as the River Cottage canteen’s head chef.

He has also appeared on TV shows Great British Waste Menu, Market Kitchen, and Hairy Bikers, and is about to start filming his own new series.

Attendees at the reception included the High Sheriff of Derbyshire David Coleman and Cllr John Walker, Mayor of Amber Valley and his wife.

Cllr Walker said of the evening: “It was a very 
intriguing evening, with totally new styles of cooking on display.

“When I became mayor of the borough of Amber Valley I made a commitment to be a community mayor and engage with local groups like NORSACA.”

Melanie Howard, fund generation manager at NORSACA said: “We’d like to thank all of our supporters for their help and Mark himself for hosting the reception.

“Our Mark Lloyd evening reception was a great success and I think our fundraisers were definitely inspired by some of projects we are asking people to support, including help in raising £15k to launch a family support hub based at Mundy Street helping 
Derbyshire families affected by 
autism.”