Restaurants honour the late Tim Bacon & raise money for his foundation
Emma Chadwick | 18th February 2022
Restaurants and businesses will team up once again later this year for a night of fine food, fun and fundraising in the memory of much-loved leisure sector king Tim Bacon.
In all, ten restaurants and after-party venues across Manchester will take over the city centre to raise cash for cancer charities in Tim’s memory on September 8th.
Dubbed ‘Dream The Impossible: The Sequel’ the fundraiser aims to repeat the success of 2017’s event, which raised £500,000 for the Christie hospital, where Tim was treated before his death in 2016.
More than 1,100 people dined at top restaurants in the city centre before gathering at the Albert Hall for music and dancing, and this year’s event is aiming for a full capacity of 1,300.
Aussie entrepreneur Bacon, with his partner Jeremy Roberts, founded and built the Living Ventures empire of leisure brands including The Living Room, The Botanist, The Alchemist, Gusto, Australasia, Grand Pacific.
Following his partner’s tragic death at the age 52, Jeremy set up the Tim Bacon Foundation to raise money for cancer charities. Since the first event the foundation has continued its work, raising close to £1m.
The evening will repeat the formula of the first event, with diners buying tickets for dinner and drinks at Living Ventures’ restaurants and joined this time by other leading Manchester eateries.
The-much-loved leisure sector king Tim Bacon.
The full list is: The Alchemist, Gusto, Grand Pacific, Australasia, San Carlo, Habas, The Bull and Bear, Hawksmoor, 20 Stories, Tattu, and Duttons. All will be digitally connected via TV screens for a silent auction.
Jeremy said: “The Tim Bacon Foundation has now raised close to £1m towards a range of cancer-related causes, including £500,000 towards the Proton Beam Therapy Centre, which opened at the Christie in 2018.
“A further £100,000 has been donated by the foundation to Prevent Breast Cancer, for two vital research projects along with donations to Maggie’s, Joshua Tree and Kidscan – all Manchester based charities helping people living with cancer.”
He adds: “We are proud of what we’ve achieved, but we are really excited to do it again bigger and even better so we can all honour Tim’s memory and help those affected by cancer, which will affect one in every two people.”
Jeremy says there has been tremendous support this year from Manchester’s restaurants. His team is now seeking sponsorship from city businesses of the individual restaurant events at £15,000 each.
Each package comes with 20 tickets, meaning sponsors staff and guests can take part in great fun for a good cause, in what must be the biggest charity event the city’s hospitality industry has ever seen.
Marie Toller of the Christie Charity commented “We are really excited to be involved in the amazing Dream the Impossible event this year and are really looking forward to working closely with the TBF team again.”
Individual tickets are priced between £150-£250 per head depending on the restaurant. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.