Children’s Cancer charity raises £114,000 at UK BBQ

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Children’s Cancer charity raises £114,000 at UK BBQ

Andy Annat, international pit master and owner of Crackerjack BBQ based in Yorkshire, England, was invited in December 2017 to cater the Candlelighters Annual Charity fundraising event, The Apres Ski Ball.

Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Charity was formed in 1971 to support families and children facing Cancer in Yorkshire, England. The Charity funds many projects. The Clinic, an oncology and haematology unit, specifically designed for Children, is located at The Children’s Hospital within Leeds General Infirmary in West Yorkshire, England. On the wards within the hospital, Candlelighters fund support staff and fund the cost of technical support, service contracts, training and uniforms. Outside of the hospital, Candlelighters fund The Square, a drop in centre offering pastoral care and a quiet friendly space for family members affected by Childhood Cancer. Last year, saw the launch of The Cottage Appeal. This appeal is to raise funds to renovate a house close to the hospital where families can stay together while their child is undergoing treatment.


In 1992 Candlelighters opened The Candlelighters Children’s Charity Research Laboratory in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and now enjoys an international reputation, particularly for their research into Ewing’s Sarcoma and Neuroblastoma. As well as funding research, they also fund the training and development of experts in paediatric oncology and haematology research in Yorkshire, England.

The event was scheduled for the first Saturday in December. The venue was the Deer Park of Ripley Estates, a beautiful setting next to the lake with fabulous views across to the historic Ripley Castle owned by Sir Thomas and Lady Emma Ingilby in North Yorkshire.


Nine Nordic Tipi tents were joined together in a huge construction and presented a large circular dining room with open log fires, a stage area, reception and bar area, all lit with thousands of fairy lights with the huge catering field kitchen attached at the back. 

Crackerjack BBQ were providing both Bar and Catering services for 500 guests. The food was cooked on a custom made reverse flow towable smoker with a capacity for 150Kg of meat and a bank of Primo Oval XL 400 ceramic grills. Four Chefs and eight kitchen staff were complimented with 82 front of house staff made up of team leaders, bar and waiting staff.


The first course on the menu was smoked roasted Vacherin cheese. A young aged cheese that was heated on the smoker and melted into a creamy pot of sweet fruity and earthy dip served with Chardonnay and rosemary flatbread. The main course that followed was smoked pork rib eye, charcoal roasted chicken thigh and German bratwurst sausage skewers with a fillet of lightly smoked Soceye salmon on the side accompanied with falette potatoes, salad and coleslaw. All individually plated and served to table. The dessert was smoked chocolate mousse with edible flowers and chocolate soil.


All food was served within an hour and a half and made way for the charity auction. Over £57,000 was raised throughout the evening for the Charity, including crackerjack BBQ’s auction lot of a Personal BBQ Party which sold for £4,000. The total raised was then match-funded by the Kentown Wizard Foundation taking the total to £114,000 on the night. 


Following the auction, Crackerjack BBQ rounded off the evening with bar staff dressed Bavarian style, going table to table selling shots to guests from shots guns and holsters to raise additional funds. 



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