Kendal College

Pictured are students from the Lakes School of Hospitality Management that supported top Chef Simon Rogan to serve a world class menu for the guests at Kendal College Cumbria


Bartle Hall

Pictured are students from Blackpool and Fylde College that supported top Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen to serve a world class menu for the guests at Bartle Hall Preston    

The Monastery Manchester

Pictured are students from Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester College that supported top Chefs Simon Shaw, Andrew Green and Adam Reid to serve a world class menu for the guests at the Monastery Manchester. Along with our special guest Mary Berry    

Yes Chef! Success for the Changing Young Lives Appeal – YMCA Lakeside Stoller Campus

On the 3rd May the YMCA Yes Chef event cooked up a storm and raised over £70,000 for the YMCA Lakeside Stoller Campus. Top chefs Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Simon Shaw, Andrew Green, Adam Reid and Simon Rogan gave their time for free to support the Yes Chef event. With the help of students from Blackpool and Fylde College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester College and Lakes School of Hospitality Management they served up an evening of delicious food and entertainment for 560 guests over 3 venues – Kendal College, Bartle Hall Preston and the Monastery Manchester. It was an amazing evening supported by none other than Mary Berry herself who attended the Manchester venue and was signing copies of her latest books. However, the fundraising is not over yet!  The YMCA will continue working to secure the last slice of funding required to reach our target of £6.8M. During the evening the Yes Chef diners were introduced to our Sponsor a Bed campaign, with several guests snapping up the first of limited opportunities to Sponsor a Bed in the new Lakeside Stoller Campus. This sponsorship opportunity has a unique way of saying thank you to sponsors and they will recognise kind contributions by incorporating family, business, school, college or individual names into a bespoke design on a special featured thank you wall, situated in the most prominent area of the new building, looking out across the stunning Lake Windermere and the mountains.

The Sponsor a Bed campaign has now officially launched publicly following the Yes Chef event.  For more information and to submit a donation please visit:

The Lakeside Stoller Campus is a bespoke school’s facility which will replace the current accommodation on the YMCA Lakeside site.  The Lakeside Stoller Campus facility will be on the banks of Lake Windermere. During the past 50 years YMCA Lakeside has given over 1 million children and young people the chance to take part in activities to improve life skills, become more confident and take part in outdoor education activities to prepare them for their future lives.  The new Lakeside development is due to open in in March 2019.