A local cancer charity is working in partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon College to raise money to enable children and young people living with cancer to regain their physical fitness.

The collaboration between Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) and the Warwickshire FE College has resulted in the upcoming dining event CFC Pre-Tour Charity Dinner, which will ensure all attendees start their Tour de France preparations in style with a themed six-course menu served in the College’s Academy Restaurant.

The event, due to take place on Thursday 15th June from 6.45pm, is masterminded by Dave Saul, Catering lecturer at the College, and his students.

Dave is a keen cyclist and he found himself inspired to organise the event after he signed up for CFC’s Million Mile Bike Ride, as means of generating further funds for their cause.

This year-long campaign encourages all bike enthusiasts to contribute their cycling miles and collectively ride 1,000,000 miles throughout 2017. They have a target of raising £250,000 which will support 21 Children’s oncology units throughout the UK.

The money will provide services specific to each unit’s requirements and individual children’s needs, such as bikes and specialist rehabilitation equipment, allowing them to help rebuild the strength and confidence of young people fighting cancer.

Dave is totally committed to the project: “I can’t think of a more worthwhile cause than helping children recover from cancer.  I’m delighted to be involved not only with the Bike Ride but also with the dinner which will boost CFC funds even further – as well as providing us with what is certain to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening!  I’m immensely proud of the students for getting behind the project with such enthusiasm and dedication.”

Sarah Lakey, Fundraising Manager from Cyclists Fighting Cancer, said, “When Dave first approached us with his plans for riding and fundraising this year we never expected it to develop into such a great opportunity to sample some amazing food from this year’s Tour de France route.

“We are thrilled to be working with Stratford-upon-Avon College and it’s fantastic to hear the students are excited to be working on the project. As a charity we give bikes and trikes to children to help with their recovery from cancer, many of which go to children the same age as the students. It really is wonderful for them to give up their time to help children and teenagers living with and beyond cancer.”

In honour of the Tour de France, the dinner will follow a culinary journey that reflects that of the famous cycling contest in 2017, with courses influenced by dishes from Germany, Belgium and France itself.

Professional Catering student Melissa Summerfield, 17 from Stratford-upon-Avon, is delighted with the quality of the menu he and his fellow students have devised so far. “We’re using our culinary skills and imagination to create a unique menu that will represent the Tour de France route, and we’re working really hard to perfect all our dishes so that the dinner is worthy of cycling champions.”

For more details on Cyclists Fighting Cancer, please see If you are interested in taking part in the Million Mile Bike Ride, please visit

To book tickets for the CFC Pre-Tour Charity Dinner, please go to

Dress code: smart casual… or cycling gear!

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

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