We use commitment to the burger to raise money and awareness for a number of charities close to our hearts. Since 2018 we have raised over £32,000 and trained 25 individuals in Mental Health First Aid.
In memory of our founder Zan's brother Mark, who tragically died in April 2017, Bleecker work closely with selected charities to help support and build awareness around mental health and addiction.
"My brother Mark worked his entire life in hospitality. From being a room service runner to managing restaurants, it was what he liked to do and where he fitted in. He spent a summer at Bleecker too. Mark was charming and funny and had a talent for commanding the attention of a room. He loved his maître d’ role, where he was especially popular with the older ladies of Miami Beach.
Mark suffered from mental illness and addiction. In April 2017, he overdosed and passed away at 35 years of age. Hospitality accepted Mark when other fields wouldn’t. It allowed him to stay himself whist still struggling with this disease. For this I am grateful.
Changing Horizons' was founded by Stu Skinner; a long-serving campaigner, consultant and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Stu has worked on government campaigns, featured in BBC documentaries and worked extensively to challenge the stigma that causes so many to suffer in silence. Stu firmly believes that everyone has the right to a good quality of life and that conversations are the catalyst for change.
Changing Horizons provide in-house training to support and help you to improve the mental health of your organisation.
The funds raised on March 1st will be used to deliver as many two-day Mental Health First Aid training courses as possible to people working in hospitality, including Bleecker staff and street-food market KERB’s network of traders, to seed the training within the industry which
Mark Kaufman loved.
Between March 2018 and December 2019 we raised over £20,000 for Hospitality Action to help support and build awareness around mental health and addiction.
We did this by donating all profits from all sites on March 1st in 2018 & 2019, and during that time also hosting one-night only collaborations with chefs and restaurants we admire.
Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and has since offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK.
Whether you work in hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars or cafés, schools, hospitals or event venues, we’re here to give you the help, advice and support you need whenever times get tough.
Whatever challenge you face - from physical illness or mental health issues to financial difficulty, family problems to addiction - Hospitality Action is here to get you back on your feet again. And when it’s no longer possible to work, we can help you prepare for the next phase of your life.
On April 24th 2019 we closed our one of our restaurant doors for a private event for the first time. On this night HABFEMSOC curated a feminist supper club in support of imkaan which included an empowering line-up of performers and speakers, who shared their stories of Feminist Activism, performances, from the Harris Academy Bermondsey, open discussions and of course burgers. Together we raised £2,000 on the night which was captured beautifully in this video.