On Sunday 1st March, we will be donating all profits from our four sites to mental health charity Changing Horizons. Our third year supporting a charity, on what would have been the birthday our founder Zan's late brother Mark, who died in 2017.
“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.”
“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 whilst still struggling with this disease. For this I am grateful. Mark’s birthday is March 1st. On this day, Bleecker will donate all of its profits to Changing Horizons to help support and build awareness around mental health and addiction.”
Founded by Stu Skinner, a long-serving campaigner, consultant and instructor, Changing
Horizons provides training which enables people to look after their own and others’ mental health through ‘Mental Health First Aid’ – spotting the signs of mental health issues, providing initial help, and guiding people towards support.
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.
Stu Skinner from Changing Horizons will be giving a talk introducing the charity and its work at 11am at Bleecker Bloomberg Arcade on the day.
Message a friend, meet on this Sunday for a burger, beer and conversation.